W. S. Carter

36" gauge, converted to standard gauge 1915, 30-lb rail


Mill Location: Townsend, MS (Kemper County)

Mill Capacity: 25,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1912-1918

Miles Operated: 5 miles

Locomotives Owned: 3

Other Equipment:

8 log cars


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History by Gil Hoffman:

W. S. Carter, formerly of Hawkes, in Jones County, built a sawmill at Townsend, Kemper County, about 1912. This mill was of the circular type with a cutting capacity of 25,000 feet per day. Townsend was on the Sanoody Valley Railroad, 6½miles east of DeKalb. The mill cut out in the spring of 1918, after which the sawmill and logging equipment were advertised for sale.



















ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

36-inch gauge locomotives:


4?                0-4-0T                    Porter                                                     9x12   


                        Possibly transferred from Carter operation at Hawkes, MS.

Traded to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1109, Atlanta, GA, as part payment on

engine #7.



6                  0-4-0T                    Porter                    2757                    2-1903                     9x14   


Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #877, Atlanta, GA, on 2-15-13.

Cost $1,425.

Built as Drake & Stratton Co. #70, Pittsburgh, PA; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #877.

Sold to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1019; to Fortune Hunter Coal Co., Northfork, WV, on 2-15-16.


Standard gauge locomotives:


7                  2-6-0                    Lima                    1055                    7-1907                    33                    11x16                    38000


Purchased from Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1009, Atlanta, GA, on 6-18-15.

Cost $2,650 plus trade in of engine #4.

Built as Carter Manufacturing Co. #6, Carters, FL (a 10x16 0-6-0); to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1009, on 4-14-15, converted by SI&E Co. to an 11x16 2-6-0.

For sale 6-1918.

Sold to Miller-Spangler Mining Co., Clinton, MO; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1483; to Albemarle Lumber Co., Alapaha, GA, on 10-20-19; to Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1645.







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