Albertson Great Eastern

W. C. Albertson Lumber Co.

36" Gauge 30 and 35-lb rail

Headquarters: Moselle (Tuscanola), MS

Mill Capacity: 65,000 ft/day in 1890

Years of Operation: 1883-1898

Predecessor Roads: None

Successor Roads: Great Eastern

Miles Operated: about 12

Locomotives Owned: 2

Equipment

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

W. C. Albertson established a sawmill just south of Moselle, Jones County, in 1883, at the time the New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad was opened. In 1890 his mill had a cutting capacity of 65,000 feet per day. The cut was longleaf yellow pine exclusively, specializing in heart rift-sawed flooring.

On October 6, 1896 a mortgage was placed on the sawmill, timber holdings and railroad equipment in which C. W. Robinson was named trustee. Albertson died in February 1898 and on September 16, 1898, with the mortgage in default, Robinson transferred the property to John Kamper. Kamper, in turn, sold the property to J. T. McKinnon and Philip M. Ikeler on November 1, 1898.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER By Gil Hoffman:

36" gauge locomotives:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

?

 

0-4-0T

 

Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24000

 

Secondhand.

In service by 1886.

 

McKinnon & Ikeler, Moselle, MS, on 11/1/1898.

P. M. Ikeler, Moselle, MS, on 11/12/1904.

 

Note:    A second 36" gauge locomotive, weighing 14 to 16 tons, may have been acquired in 1893.

 

Standard gauge locomotives:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

95

 

4-4-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama Great Southern R.R. #?, on 1/17/1895.

Lettered A. & W. R.R.

 

Unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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