Zee, LA to Woodville, MS

The Woodville Branch

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Rails were removed on the St. Francisville to Woodville, MS, line only 3 years ago. However, it is evident that the line has been out of service for a while. Photo by Brian Binkley.

This abandoned railway dates back to the mid-1800s when it was installed from St. Francisville, LA, to Woodville, MS, as the West Feliciana Railroad. Eventually it was absorbed into the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad and then the Illinois Central by way of a wye in Slaughter, LA. The line from Slaughter is still in place to a paper mill just south of the abandoned timber bridge and road crossing near "Zee". There are few grade crossings on this line, especially on the abandoned parts. Up until about 1999 the rails were still in place. There are 2 good grade crossings where the former ROW is evident, just north of the Entergy power plant on Power Station Road.

There is a former IC caboose in St. Francisville sitting on the former line and now used as a park. The caboose is open for exploring. The depot in St. Francisville has been restored and is being used as an antique market. North of the depot there are good remains of the line and US Route 61 parallels the line for a good ways. The terminus of the line in Woodville can still be seen by a marker where it crossed US Route 61. The depot there is gone.

From Zee, the abandoned portion of the line ran through Riddle, Powel, St. Francisville, Baines, Wakefield, Laurel Hill, Turnbull, MS, Ashwood, MS, and then into Woodville, MS. US Route 61 follows some of the former right-of-way between Hardwood and Laurel Hill.

Thanks to Brian Binkley for contributing information about this route.

As the station agent for the railroad at the depot in Woodville from 1960 until 1966, I was the Western Union Telegraph operator, express agent, and the freight agent while there. The writer missed the most important thing about Woodville: The original depot is still there as a museum and is listed on the national register.

The old depot that was used when I was there burned down a few years ago as they were getting ready to make it a museum from it also.

James Swager
Brookhaven, MS
9/25/2009

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More comments on the Woodville Ms Depot a picture of my self in the depot and a picture of The Woodville Depot in 1962

Freight cars are at Seven Day Wholesale Company waiting to be unloaded I can email pictures if I get an address

Regards

James Swager Brookhaven Ms

James Swager
Brookhaven Ms, MS
7/3/2011

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I have a picture of The OLd ICRR depot Woodville, Ms

made before it burned down in 2000

I will be happy to share it with you if ylou want a copy

I was agent for the Raiload at Woodville Jan 1960 until Oct 2006 James Swager

James Swager
Brookhaven Ms, MS
7/28/2011

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