Pearl River Lumber Co.

Brookhaven & Pearl River Railway

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Brookhaven, MS (Lincoln County)

Mill Capacity: 300,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1899-1910

Miles Operated: about 30

Locomotives Owned: 10

Equipment: 

at least 1 American loader

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History by  Gil Hoffman and Tony Howe:

The Pearl River Lumber Co. built a large mill on the outskirts of Brookhaven in 1899 and built a standard gauge railroad eastward. The community that grew up around the mill became known as Pearlhaven. The railroad was incorporated as the Brookhaven & Pearl River Railway on November 4, 1904, and completed to Monticello. The lumber company came under the ownership of the Goodyear syndicate, owners of the Great Southern Lumber Co. The Pearlhaven mill was finally shut down on Dec. 26, 1910. The B&PR was sold to the Illinois Central Railroad on December 29, 1910, who continued to operate the branch  until it was abandoned in late 1928.

 

Additional information:

"Dummy Lines Through The Longleaf", Gilbert H. Hoffman, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of MS, Oxford, MS, 1992

Pearl River Lumber Co. American loader at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

4-4-0

 

CStL&NO

 

 

11/1880

 

16x24

 

56

 

64000

 

            

 

Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans #29

Illinois Central #294, in 1/1883.

Re. #1318, in 1890.

Pearl River Lumber Co. #1, in 1899.

 

Commercial Bank, Brookhaven, MS.

For sale 3/1911.

 

2

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

 

 

1881

 

18x24

 

52

 

84000

 

Chesapeake & Ohio #114-133.

Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern 2nd #59,

in 4/1884.

Newport News & Mississippi Valley #567,

in 1887.

Illinois Central #268, in 1896.

Pearl River Lumber Co. #2, in 1900.

 

Commercial Bank, Brookhaven, MS.

For sale 3/1911.

 

3

 

50-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

602

 

10/1900

 

3-12½x12

 

32

 

100000

 

New. Cost $7,200.

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #207, Bogalusa, LA, in 1910.

 

4

 

50-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

664

 

8/1901

 

3-12½x12

 

32

 

97000

 

New. Cost $7,200.

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #208, Bogalusa, La., in 1910.

 

5

 

2-8-0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

100000

 

Unknown.

F. M. Hicks Co., Chicago, IL (dealer)

Pearl River Lumber Co. #5, in 1902.

 

Unknown.

 

6

 

65-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

823

 

9/1903

 

3-12x15

 

32

 

130000

 

New.

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #206, Bogalusa, LA, in 1910.

 

7

 

2-6-2

 

Baldwin

 

25739

 

5/1905

 

17x24

 

45

 

110000

 

New for New Orleans Great Northern R.R.

Cost $8,780.

Rented to Pearl River Lumber Co., and lettered for them.

Baldwin class 10-28¼ D 5

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #7, Bogalusa, LA, in 1910.

 

8

 

2-6-2

 

Baldwin

 

26055

 

7/1905

 

17x24

 

45

 

110000

 

New for New Orleans Great Northern R.R.

Cost $8,780.

Rented to Pearl River Lumber Co., and lettered for them.

Baldwin class 10-28¼ D 7

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #8, Bogalusa, LA, in 1910.

Alexandria Gravel Co. #8, Woodworth, LA.

Scrapped 9/1955.

 

101

 

65-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

1571

 

11/1905

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

130000

 

New for Great Southern Lumber Co.

Rented from New Orleans Great Northern

Lettered “New Orleans Great Northern Ry.”

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #205, Bogalusa, LA, in 1910.

 

102

 

65-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

1680

 

8/1906

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

130000

 

New via Great Southern Lumber Co.

Lettered “Brookhaven & Pearl River.”

 

Great Southern Lumber Co. #200, Bogalusa, LA, in 1910.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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