Winnfield to Packton

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Looking south, the abandoned tracks are visible as they approach the former Louisiana Midland line. Photo by Brian Allison, 2007.

This abandoned Rock Island line between Winnfield (northern end) and Packton (southern end) was once part of the Rock's mainline to Eunice, LA, to the south. It paralleled the adjacent Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad (a subsidiary of Kansas City Southern), which also visited Winnfield and Packton. Located at Packton was "L&A Junction", where the Rock Island connected with the L&A (formerly Louisiana Midland) and enjoyed trackage rights on the L&A south to Alexandria. When the trackage rights on the L&A were extended northwards to Winnfield, this line was presumably considered unnecessary, and the Rock Island soon abandoned it.

The years of construction and abandonment are not known. However, it appears on railroad maps from both 1924 and 1948; a 1985 topographical map shows the line as abandoned.

The grade and a majority of the rail are still intact.

The rail is not still intact. A small section exists at packton from the mainline to the pond where the bridge was. The grade used to create a pond on the west side of 167 but the 4 lane erased that. You can still see the grade crosing the highway from 167. The switch at packton for the line had a derailer bolted on it from the 70s on until the switch was removed sometime in the 90s. At winnfield it is used as a parish road "Tram rd". The map does not show the spur that kept going s on the left of 167. It dead ends in the woods.

michael
Packton, LA
9/3/2010

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WHAT ABOUT THE WINNFIELD LOUISIANA TO EL DORADO ROCK ISLAND MAINLINE THAT RAN THRU RUSTON? IT WAS ABANDONED WINNFIELD THRU RUSTON UP TO LILLIE LOUISIANA. LILLIE TO EL DORADO WAS SAVED BECAUSE OF A PLYWOOD MILL AT LILLIE...SEE MORE OF INFORMATION I PUT ON THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL PAGE DEALING WITH THE ABANDONED WINNFIELD-MONROE OLD TREMONT AND GULF RAILROAD.HERE "WE" GO...STEVE WILCOX-CHOPPERFIVE@SBCGLOBAL.NET-24/7 USA MOBILE 9155393247.

STEVE WILCOX
MARFA TEXAS
2/2/2013

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