The Louisiana Midland Railway
Former Georgetown to Trout article:
This line was operated by the Louisiana Midland Railway. On July 1, 1986, the railroad was sold at a sheriff's sale to Roger Vidrine. Scrapping of the remaining rolling stock began later that summer, and the first rail was removed between Archie and Rinehart, Louisiana in Ocober 1987, just over seven years after the last train had operated over the old main line.
The bridge pictured below was built by the Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad in 1904, making the bridge 104 years old. Brian Allison talks about the bridge:
I have heard old railroad workers say that in the later years of the Louisiana Midland that this bridge was so worn out that they would actually run a locomotive up to the approach and put it in low gear and let it cross by it self. There would be a pick up truck stationed there that they would take to the other side to catch the train.
Thanks to Brian Allison for contributing information.
I lived in Georgetown until I went in the Navy in 1970. Me and one of my cousins used to walk the tracks from Georgetown to just west of the Little River bridge. I did some research in later years and learned a lot of the history of the railroad. My biggest regret was not paying more attention and taking photos of the trains in the area. The tracks crossed the Missouri Pacific just a few feet north of the depot in Georgetown.
Great pics! God bless.
When this line crossed the main line at Georgetown it had a Gate accross it with a stop sign in the 70s. They would open the gate accross the main line and close it back after they crossed. As the line went from Georgetown to Packton the tracks are now used by a car repair service. They have a barn built over part of them.
are the units still beside jena farm supply? Because i'm wnatin to go look at them
My great-grand father worked at the roundhouse in Ferriday as a boiler man. I have a photo of the roundhouse the it was taken in the later 1920's. I also so have a photo of the a.k.a "Doodle Bug" my grandmother rode on.
On a sad note the two uints behind jena farm have been cut up and hauled off for scarp there is not even a single thing to identify that a rail line use to run thru jena. It is sad to see that towns alla cross the country are loosing their railroad history.
Great research. Living close by, I can add that the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is in Chattanooga, TN. The Tennessee Central did go through Crossville, though.
my great-grandfather Arthur Nelson Nugent was a supervisor over the chain gang that work on that railroad. I have a picture of him and his wife Lillie Duncan , he has a pistol on his side. because he was overseer of prisoners. He lived in Linecucum La. Born on Beaver Creek in Rapides Parish Louisiana.
What kind of diesel locomotive is pictured in photo 18?
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