The Red River and Gulf Railroad

Long Leaf Junction to LeCompte, Mederain, and Kurthwood, Louisiana

This logging line to the southwest of Alexandria, LA, extended in 3 directions from Long Leaf Junction on the Missouri Pacific (now UP). One line went from Long Leaf Junction to Forest Hill, Holdup, Togo, and then LeCompte on the Texas & Pacific (later MP and now UP). To the southeast of Long Leaf Junction, the line went to Long Leaf, location of a major saw mill complex which is being preserved (see below), then Louisiana Junction, Audebert, Cocodrie, Causey and ending at the Rock Island in Mederain, also a sawmill town. To the northwest, the RR&G went to Big Cut, Melder, Bliss, Elmelhine, Lewiston, Walding, Stille, Hood, Comrade, Mathis, Hutton, Alco, Dusenbury, and ending in Kurthwood. The line was apparently built for the sawmills it served.

In addition to Everett Lueck's photos, Steve has provided some pictures of a historical marker at Peason, LA, which shows some of the RR&G operations in the area, along with some more pictures of the rail equipment at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum. For more information on the railroad equipment or for the RR&G in general, please see both the Museum's website, and Steve's blog, both linked below.

Picture of abandonment.
Photo by Everett Lueck.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* This is near the Long Leaf Sa...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: This is near the Long Leaf Sawmill complex which is in the process of being preserved and restored as the Forest Heritage Museum. Photo by Everett Lueck.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* One of the RR&G engines remai...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: One of the RR&G engines remaining at the Long Leaf Sawmill Complex which is in the process of being preserved and restored as the Forest Heritage Museum. Photo by Everett Lueck.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* An old steam locomotive and t...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: An old steam locomotive and tender. Photo by Steve, March 2005.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* An old steam locomotive.
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: An old steam locomotive. Photo by Steve, March 2005.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* The tender of the steam locom...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: The tender of the steam locomotive. Photo by Steve, March 2005.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* This is a Clyde 4-line Rehaul...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: This is a Clyde 4-line Rehaul Skidder, and was built in 1919 by Clyde Iron Works, Duluth, Minnesota, and is the only Clyde skidder known to exist. Photo by Steve, March 2005.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* This is a McGiffert Loader, b...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: This is a McGiffert Loader, built in 1919. The Loader would lift an adjacent empty log car into its loading bin, and fill the log car from above. Its curved out legs would support the log car on the tracks as it was being loaded. Photo by Steve, March 2005.
*Southern Forest Heritage Museum:* Some railroad equipment -- it...
Southern Forest Heritage Museum: Some railroad equipment -- it is not known what these are used for. Photo by Steve, March 2005.
*Peason Historical Marker:* Red River and Gulf engine that ran f...
Peason Historical Marker: Red River and Gulf engine that ran from Lecompte to Alco, Kurthwood, and on to Peason. From Pearson it traveled on to Sandel. (March 2008, submitted by Steve)
*Peason Historical Marker:* The Toonerville Trolley that ran fro...
Peason Historical Marker: The Toonerville Trolley that ran from Peason to Sandel daily. Photo by Steve, March 2008.
*Peason Historical Marker:* Christie and Eastern engine 104 comi...
Peason Historical Marker: Christie and Eastern engine 104 coming into Peason. Photo by Steve, March 2008.
*Peason Historical Marker:* Log train on spur track being loaded...
Peason Historical Marker: Log train on spur track being loaded by McGiffert log loader. Next stop, the Peason mill. Photo by Steve, March 2008.
The historical marker at Lecompte, LA, describing the Red River ...
The historical marker at Lecompte, LA, describing the Red River Railroad, a possible pre-cursor of the Red River & Gulf. Photo by Steve, March 2008.

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In the photo above the bogey wheels were probably used to haul large logs to the mill! Large logs, or several smaller ones, would be loaded directly onto the bogey carriges and secured with chains ! The tank could have been used to haul water to the equipment using steam engines for power such as the skidder or loader!! The open box could have been used to carry coal for the same equipment or whatever other smaller equipment that was being used at that time, such as chains ,cable,or items like that! It could have been a track maintainance car hauling ties or switches or even short sections of track! Hope this might clarify some of your curiosity !!

William Allison
Goldsboro, NC
12/3/2008

have land in longleaf la with railroad tracks on it.wondering if anybody would like to buy.

allenangelo
longleaf, LA
5/6/2009

i would like to ask allen how much track you have? and if there is more that we could purchase that runs on the same line? we also can turn this railroad bed into a trail if interested.

shannon
reno nv
11/18/2009

I have railroad tracks i would like to sale in longleaf la.

if interested please call 1-281-227-2703 or e-mail me at

ellaan4911@yahoo.com

allen angelo
longleaf la, LA
12/24/2009

most of these old trains are on my property in louisiana and i wanted to know if anybody would like to buy any of the old trains on my property. If so please call me at (281)227-2703 or e-mail me at ellaan4911@yahoo.com

allen angelo
longleaf la
1/18/2010

i also have a new number home/281/227/3792 or my cell 281/964/8797 please call if intested.

allen angelo
louisiana, TX
9/22/2010

If you will note above, I am one of the contributors to this site. I am also the Railroad Operations Director at the Southern Forest Heritage Museum.

Mr. Angelo has no ownership interest in either the equipment shown on this website, nor the railroad tracks of which he speaks. The equipment and track is owned either by the museum, or a private family not related to Mr. Angelo. Anyone who is approached by Mr. Angelo to sell any part of this railroad or equipment needs to contact the museum.

Everett Lueck
Longleaf , LA
5/27/2011

Actually, that "open box" is actually Crowell Locomotive #202's tender.It wasn't used for carrying coal,but wood as well as it's water supply.That is why in the picture,you can see a ladder on the back of the tender.

Austin Jeansonne
Center Point, LA
7/4/2015

How many miles of the red river & gulf ràilwày has been put back into service, and will more track be repaid to haul tourists.

Lou Lewis
Bay city, MI
3/24/2016

The book "Rails Through Dixie" by John Krause has a couple vintage photos of RR&G steam engines back in the day.

David
Mechanicsville, MD
3/25/2016

I hope they can completely overhaul the locomotives to where they don't look like scrap iron & they can run under their own power.

Austin
Center Point, LA
4/28/2016

My grandfather, Robert T. Slayter, was a Section Foreman for a Railroad Company operating in Grant Parish, LA. My mother was just a little girl when he worked there (census records show him there in the 1930 and 1940 records, but he was laid off before WWII started. I'm trying to determine which RR he worked for, as he was within close proximity to their farm. Can you shed any light on this?

Marcia Pecor
Charlottesville, VA
9/20/2016

Both of the URL's listed under 'Other Sites and Information' no longer work. Instead, the two following URL's can replace them: (1) http://www.forestheritagemuseum.org/railroad.html

(2) http://lumbermillrrs.blogspot.com/2016/07/red-river-and-gulf-railroad-combined.html

Bob Lemmon
Whitestown, IN
2/4/2017

The RR&G recently launched a website. It's full of photos, videos, and history.

RedRiverAndGulf.net

If you're interested in volunteering to help us rebuild additional portions of the line, please sign up on the Work Sessions page. The volunteers get to operate the equipment at the end of each Work Session.

Jason Rose
Spring, TX
2/27/2017