Collinston to Ferriday
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Many cars coming in to the MP yard at Ferriday went across the Mississippi River to the IC in Natchez, Miss. The MP had a boat job at Vidalia that ferried cars across the river to Natchez. Of note, you can still see some of the old trestle bridges over the creeks along La. Hwy 15 between Rayville and Ferriday, as well as along U.S. Hwy 65 north between Clayton Jct. and Tallulah. The tracks from Collinston to Ferriday and Tallulah to Ferriday have been taken up for the most part as far as I know. But the right of ways should still be visible, especially around the towns and over the creeks and streams. There was also a bridge over a river (Tensas) at Sicily Island I believe.
The ROW from Rayville to Clayton Jct. is now the southbound lanes of US 425, for the most part. The Tensas River bridge was in Clayton itself, and was dismantled and replaced with the southbound US 425 structure. The ROW from Collinston to Rayville is still intact, but will be converted to the Northbound lanes of US 425 as that project progresses. This entire stretch ran from Vidalia to El Dorado, Ar. at one time, with a branch at Clayton Jct. running all the way to Helena, Ar., via Tallulah.
Does anyone know how many bridges there are on the branch line?
Anybody know what line ran from Jonesville to Ferriday?
Austin, the Louisiana and Arkansas ran from Ferriday through Jonesville on up through North La. to I believe Magnolia, Arkansas. It intersected with the Missouri Pacific (now Union Pacific) at Georgetown, on through Winnfield and crossed the Vicksburg and Shreveport (now the KCS -Meridian Speedway) at Gibsland, it's headquarters and shops. At one time there was a pair of F-7 cab units stored there.
The Louisiana Midland (LOAM)ran from Packton all the the way to Ferriday at one time I believe. I know it ran from Georgetown east toward Jena, Jonesville and Ferriday in the late 70's and early 80's because I worked for the Missouri Pacific (MoP) then and remember the interlocking at Georgetown. We used to interchange cars with the LOAM at Georgetown.