R. J. Darnell (1911-?)

Batesville Southwestern Railroad (1911-1931)

Standard Gauge 56-lb rail

Headquarters: Batesville, MS (Panola County)

Mill Capacity: 100,000 ft/day

Years of Operation: 1911-1931

Miles Operated: 17

Locomotives Owned

Equipment: 

June 30, 1914- 2 locomotives, 7 freight, 2 service cars

 

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History by  Tony Howe:

The Batesville Southwestern Railroad was incorporated on June 7, 1910 by R. J. Darnell, who was then operating a large mill at Memphis. A contract was signed with the Illinois Central to jointly build the Batesville Southwestern, with Darnell to maintain and operate the railroad, and the IC paid him $143 per mile per year. At the end of the twenty year contract, IC would become owner of the property. One provision of the contract was that it could be terminated by the IC at any time before the 20 years was up. Construction of the BSW commenced about June 1911, and Darnell began operating it as a common carrier in March 1912, but its construction wasn't complete until June 1914. In 1912 Darnell owned about 19,000 acres of timber in the area around Crowder, the end of the railroad. Darnell's mill at Memphis burned in June 1913, and a new mill was built at Batesville to replace it. This new mill opened on March 17, 1914. The mill closed and Darnell and the ICC approved the abandonment of the BSW on Feb. 5, 1931.

 

For more info, see court case involving the Batesville Southwestern here.

Batesville Southwestern 2-6-2T Number 11 at SI&E.

Builder's view of R. J. Darnell Heisler No. 9.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

17-2

Heisler

 

Stearns

 

1087

 

1906

 

10x10

 

30

 

34000

 

R. J. Darnell, Inc. #2, Darling, MS

Transferred to Darnell operation at Batesville, MS.

 

Riechman-Crosby Co., Memphis, TN (dealer), in 1915.

Melton Lumber Co., Micanopy, FL

 

5

 

26-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1202

 

1910

 

12x10

 

30

 

52000

 

New by Batesville Southwestern R.R.

 

In service 6/30/1915.

Louisiana-Arkansas Lumber Co., Wilmot, AR

 

6

 

4-6-0

 

Brooks

 

 

 

1892

 

18x24

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown.

Batesville Southwestern R.R. #6

In service 6/30/1915.

 

 

 

7

 

2-4-2T

 

Vulcan

 

1670

 

12/1910

 

13x18

 

36

 

66500

 

Naples & Northwestern R.R. #3, Naples, TX

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1137

R. J. Darnell, Inc. #7, Batesville, MS,

on 4/4/1917.

 

 

 

9

 

32-2

Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1361

 

1917

 

12x12

 

33

 

64000

 

New by R. J. Darnell, Inc.

 

R. J. Hackney Lumber Co. #9, Ravenswood, LA

Turner Lumber Co. #9, Lemoyen, LA

Derelict at Lemoyen, 1956.

 

10

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

7157

 

2/1884

 

19x24

 

50

 

105000

 

New York, West Shore & Buffalo Ry. #145

Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Ry. #67,

in 8/1887.

New Baldwin boiler in 1897. Rebuilt by BR&P Ry. in 1897 with 19" bore.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1478

Batesville Southwestern R.R. #10,

on 9/24/1919. Cost $11,500.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 383

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1990, on 9/13/1924, in trade on #11.

Legan & McClure Lumber Co. #6, Estes, MS, on 10/8/1924.

Lamiss Lumber Co., Estes, MS, on 4/6/1931.

 

11

 

0-6-0T

 

Porter

 

3107

 

12/1904

 

14x20

 

42

 

82000

 

Nelson & Albemarle Ry., Schuyler, VA

Built as 2-6-2T.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1939

Converted to 0-6-0T.

Batesville Southwestern R.R. #11,

on 9/13/1924. Cost $5,000 with $2,500 allowed in trade on #10.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #2483

 

 

 

 

 

 

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