Bernice Lumber Co., Ltd.

Bernice & Northwestern Railroad

Standard gauge, steel rail

Headquarters

Mill Location: Bernice, LA ( Union Parish)

Mill Capacity: 50,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1904-1920-?

Miles Operated

1906: 23 miles.

1907: 18 miles + 15 miles under construction, 3 locomotives,      28 cars, 1 American loader.

1910: 18 miles, 3 locomotives, 28 cars, 1 American loader.

1917: 15 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 3 known

Other Equipment:

 

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Bernice Lumber Co. purchased the Kirkland Lumber Co. operation at Bernice by 1904. In May 1907, the company purchased the Fred. B. Dubach Lbr. Co. at Dubach, La. In January 1914 the company cut out its yellow pine timber and rebuilt its mill to cut hardwoods. The mill was then operated by the J. S. Wolfert Lumber Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

Road No.

Type

Builder

C.N.

Date

Cyls.

Dri. Dia.

Engine

Wt.

Previous Ownership

Disposition

1

13-2

Shay

Lima

655

4/1901

2-7x12

26

28000

Kirkland Lumber Co. #1, Bernice, LA

Lettered “Bernice & Northwestern”

Bernice Lumber Co. #1, in 1904.

Barber Lumber Co., Hartburg, TX

Hartburg Lumber Co., Hartburg, TX

4

33-2

Shay

Lima

904

8/1904

3-10x10

28

66000

New.

Lettered “Bernice & North Western.”

Beatrice Lumber Co., Lemonville, TX

Miller-Link Lumber Co. #4, Lemonville, TX,

ca. 9/1918.

Transferred to Bancroft, LA.

Gemmer & Tanner #4, Columbus, TX

Texas Construction Material Co. #4, Columbus, TX

?

2-6-0

Glover

121619

7/1913

12x16

 

 

Powell Lumber Co. #5, Lake Charles, LA

Bernice Lumber Co., by 10/1920.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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