Tremont to Winnfield

The Tremont and Gulf Railroad

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Just north of Chatham, LA, the abandoned right-of-way is seen on the right. An old Illinois Central boxcar sits adjacent to the ROW; it is unknown what it is used for. Photo by Brian Allison, July 2009.

The Tremont and Gulf Railroad (later called the Tremont and Gulf Railway) was born in July of 1902, and connected Tremont to the town of Winnfield to the south in the state of Louisiana. The line also included an extension into West Monroe from Chatham, and a branch line from Menefee to Rochelle. The T&G was purchased by Illinois Central on November 15, 1958.

The line was abandoned by Illinois Central Gulf Railroad on March 1, 1986.

Thanks to Brian Allison for contributing information about this route.

i sure would have loved to seen this railway in action. unfourtunately i was born in 86 so i never got to see it. but i do remember the rails being there alnog hwy 34 crossing 557 and then back along 34. it went up past the paper mill in west monroe.

Kyle NUgent
columbia, LA
1/4/2010

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I rember seeing diesels of the T&G working just south of the paper mill in West Monroe. They were moving cars of cord wood for the mill. The time was in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Too bad I didn't get any pictures.

G.L. Mears
Minden, La
3/31/2010

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i do remember this rail being in service. I was born in 1978. in fact this line goes through my front yard.

Lanc
west monroe, LA
4/1/2010

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Line was in service until the early 1980's. Steam engine on display at Monroe Zoo actually ran on the Tremont & Gulf trackage

Robert Hendrick
Monroe, LA
5/26/2010

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I remember as a child in the 1930's watching water melons being loaded into box cars in Eros.Also watching potatoes being sorted,boxed and loaded into box cars in Chatom.I did not know what year the tracks were taken up since I had moved out of state in 1967.

L.Marion Smith
Eros, LA
8/27/2010

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You dont have the spur drawn that went to Rochelle. It connected with the main line at Georgetown.

Michael
Packton, LA
9/3/2010

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i have more pictures of this boxcar

kyle nugent
columbia, LA
10/15/2011

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grew up in ruston, was there until 1975, starting in 1974,while senior at ruston hi-school, i worked depot agents job at ruston (extra board) illinois central and at monroe illinois central at the old interlocking tower ic/mop and at the yard office as a clerk (extra board)....i would like pictures of the ruston rock island depot and of ruston illinois central and rock island....now, rock is abandoned, the rock depot is a bank and the old ic route is now kcs meridian speedway....i now am an engineer running el paso texas to alpine/pecos texas....i am told the ic depot is still there....i went to old sp in may 1975 after hi-school...thanks

steve wilcox
ruston, LA
2/7/2012

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I well remember the T&G railroad in Rochelle,La. It serviced the big Tremont Pine Sawmill there. I was 6 to 7 at the time and my grnadparents had a "pressing shop" in Rochelle. I remember the stesm engines and log cars they pulled. There was a spur that ran from Rochelle to Joyce,La. The mill cut-out in Rochelle in about 1948 and moved to Joyce, about 4 miles from Winnfield.

Bob Gossard
Baton Rouge, LA
5/28/2012

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As a child growing up in Chatham in the late sixties and early seventies, I remember seeing car after car lined up full of pine knots that were old timber stumps dug from the ground. The train slowed down pretty slow as it came through town and we would jump on the train and ride it several miles until we hopped off. For a several year peiord the train had a caboose that had a man riding in it. Every day around 3:30 (just after school let out)the train would come through town and the man on the caboose would throw candy off of the back of the caboose and onto the tracks to usually several (2-8) running kids who would quickly grab the candy and yell thanks and offer enthusiastic waves. The candy that comes to mind as the most widely thrown was the hard candy, (root beer barrels), to which this day is still some of my most favored candy!

G. MASON
HOUSTON, TX
7/17/2012

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THAT OLD BOX CAR?, IS JUST LIKE THE ONE THE OLD ILLINOIS CENTRAL HAD BY THE OLD RUSTON FEED AND SEED STORE SPUR AT RUSTON UNDER THAT FIRST OVERPASS 20 CAR LENGTHS EAST OF NORTH VIENNA STREET IN RUSTON(THE NORTHBOUND MAIN STREET). IT WAS THE CARMANS SHANTY, IT HAD CAR DEPARTMENT SUPPLYS. SINCE THE IC INTERCHANGED WITH THE ROCK ISLAND AT RUSTON AND SINCE THE ORIGINAL DEPOT WAS THERE BY THE BOX CAR JUST ACROSS FROM THE OLD SEXTON FUNITURE SPUR, THE CAR MAN WOULD INSPECT/REPAIR CARS/TRAINS IN INTERCHANGE AND ROAD FAILURES THERE IN RUSTON SIDING. THE BOX CAR WAS JUST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL ON THE SOUTH SIDE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SOUTH END OF THE BRIDGE AND NORRIS DRY CLEANERS WAS ABOVE THERE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE BRIDGE ON THE EAST SIDE. THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE CARMAN BEING THERE WAS TO INSPECT THE PASSENGER TRAINS WHEN THEY STOPPED THERE, BACK BEFORE ROLLER BEARINGS BEGAN IN USE. HE WOULD INSURE THAT ENOUGH OIL WAS IN THE JOURNAL BOXES. JUST LIKE THEY USED TO HAVE WATER TOWERS ALONG ROUTES FOR STEAM ENGINES TO GET WATER?, CARMEN WERE STATIONED AT STOPS OF THE TRAINS TO INSPECT THE JOURNALS WHILE THE TRAIN WAS BEING LOADED/UNLOADED WITH PASSENGERS AND REA EXPRESS FREIGHT(RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY).THE CARMEN WERE CUTOFF I AM GUESSING IN THE LATE 1950'S WHENEVER ROLLER BEARINGS WERE BEGINNING TO BE USED.GROWING UP IN RUSTON, I FOUND AN OLD CARMANS LOGBOOK IN THAT BOXCAR AT RUSTON, WRITTEN IN PENCIL AND FOUNTAIN PEN INK WITH TRAIN NUMBERS, CAR NUMBERS ALL WITH DATES GOING TO BACK AS FAR AS THE 1920'S. THE LATEST DATE ON A PAGE THAT WAS READABLE WAS 1952. I GAVE THIS LOGBOOK TO A SSW ENGINEER BACK IN THE MID 1980'S FOR THE TYLER TEXAS RAILROAD MUSEUM HE WAS GOING TO GIVE IT TO.HOPE THIS HELPS YA'LL....HERE "WE" GO....STEVE WILCOX-"NOW" UNION PACIFIC ENGINEER, MARFA, TEXAS-CHOPPERFIVE@SBCGLOBAL.NET-24/7 USA MOBILE 9155393247.

STEVE WILCOX
MARFA-TEXAS NOW
2/1/2013

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AND????, IN 1973, THERE WAS A DERAILMENT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MONROE AND WINNFIELD. THE DAILY ILLINOIS CENTRAL WOODCHIP TRAIN OF 75 CARS THAT RAN WINNFIELD TO OLINKRAFT PAPER AT WEST MONROE, GOT DETOURED A COUPLE OF TIMES ON THE ROCK ISLAND UP TO THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL INTERCHANGE AT RUSTON.AT RUSTON, THE IC WINNFIELD CREW WOULD SHOVE SOUTH ONTO THE SHREVEPORT-VICKSBURG EAST/WEST IC MAIN, THEN DRAG THE TRAIN EAST THRU TOWN, PAST THAT OLD ABANDONED CARMANS SHANTY, INTO THE RUSTON SIDING. THEN WOULD RUN LITE POWER BACK TO WINNFIELD.THEN? IC EASTBOUND TRAIN 62, LATER CALLED 262, WOULD PICK UP THIS 75 CAR WOODCHIP TRAIN. THEN ONCE AT MONROE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO TAKE THE TRAIN TO EAST MONROE AND WEIGH EACH CAR, THEN?, THE TRAIN WENT BACK WEST ACROSS THE RIVER TO WEST MONROE TO THE OLINKRAFT PAPER MILL. WHEN I BEGAN WORKING FOR THE IC IN AUGUST 1974 AS AN OPERATOR/CLERK WHILE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL IN RUSTON, I WOULD WEIGH THESE CARS BEFORE THEY WOULD GO TO THE MILL. WE WOULD ALSO WEIGH THE WOODCHIP CARS COMING FROM THE NORTH OFF THE OLD MISSOURI PACIFIC STERLINGTON LOCAL. WE HAD TO BE CERIFIED WESTERN WEIGHING AND INSPECTION BUREAU(WWIB) TO DO ALL OF THIS. THE IC TRAINS SHREVEPORT TO VICKSBURG WERE 261/262,297/298. THE "2" DIGIT WAS ADDED AS THE FIRST DIGIT TO THE TRAIN NUMBERS FOR SOME REASON IN 1972/1973.297/298 WERE THE LOCALS THAT RAN SHRV-VICKSBURG. 261/262 WERE THE THRU FRTS. SHRV-VICKSBURG. JAMES GOULD, JAMES QUIGLEY, RALPH REINEGER, RIP HARRISON, COOKSIE HUMPREY, JOE AELERS, RALPH THORTON, RED HENNEN, CLAUDEE-B EDWARDS, SAM DENNIS WERE AMONG THE MANY GOOD PEOPLE THAT HELPED ME OUT. BILLY HYATT WAS THE DEPOT AGENT IN RUSTON ON THE IC AND ON THE ROCK ISLAND THERE, AL LAUTIGER WAS THE DEPOT AGENT, JOHN GRIFFEN, HOMER HENRY, WILLIE CARR, TUTOR CAIN, IRA EVANS, PETE WERNUEAX, MR. LOCKHART WERE SOME OF THE ROCK ISLAND PEOPLE ON THE EL DORADO ARK. TO WINNFIELD ROCK ISLAND LOCAL THAT HELPED ME OUT ALSO TO LEARN. NUMBER 35/36 WERE THE ROCK ISLAND THRU FREIGHTS THAT RAN EL DORADO TO ALEXANDRIA LA. ARLEY OVERSTREET, BILL BENARD, THE JUDGE, WERE SOME OF THE PEOPLE THAT WORKED THOSE TRAINS. JOHN HART WAS THE ROCK ISLAND TRAINMASTER. BEARL POUNDERS WAS THE IC ROADMASTER. RED FULLER WAS THE ROCK ISLAND SIGNAL MAINTAINER. BILLY OGULBY WAS THE IC CARMAN AT MONROE. JOHN GEBHART WAS THE IC MONROE YARDMASTER. BILL THORNTON WAS THE IC TRACK FOREMAN OUT OF ARCADIA. GOD-BLESS ALL OF THESE GREAT PEOPLE FOR HELPING ME BEGIN MY RAILROAD CAREER!!! I AIN'T EVER RETIRING, I AM HERE FOR THE PARTY.......HERE "WE" GO....STEVE WILCOX:):)

STEVE WILCOX
MARFA TEXAS
2/2/2013

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HEY G. MASON???...HELLO THERE....I WORKED IN MONROE WITH AN OPERATOR CLERK NAMED TOMMY MASON....HE ALSO WORKED EXTRA BOARD DEPOT AGENTS JOBS IN RUSTON AND ARCADIA LIKE I DID IN 1974/1975........YA'LL RELATED???...

HERE "WE" GO, STEVE WILCOX-CHOPPERFIVE@SBCGLOBAL.NET-24/7 USA MOBILE 9155393247.

STEVE WILCOX
MARFA TEXAS
2/2/2013

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I am very familiar with T&G, my grandfather, J.P. Warren, worked for the T&G (IC & ICG)in Winnfield. One of his--Andrew Jenkins--neighbors and fishing buddies was the one taking the train across the river at Monroe during the 1958? flood only to have the empties at end to "float". They never let Mr. Andrew forget it. If I am not mistaken, T&G was the last line in Louisiana to use steam on a regular basis. I have several photos of the T&G steam that are very special. Also, if anyone has some photos of the Rock Island and Vicksburg,Shreveport & Pacific (I.C.) Union Station in Ruston that was located at the northeast corner of the crossing that was built @1910 and torn down in the late 1960's or early 70's.

Hulen Warren
Ruston, LA
3/25/2013

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