Gloster Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 56-lb rail

Headquarters: Camden, Ark.

Mill Location: Gloster, MS (Amite County)

Mill Capacity: 45,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1915-1933 (RR)

Miles Operated: 24 miles in 1927

Locomotives Owned

Also see: Valley Lumber Co.

Equipment:

Purchased Clyde Iron Works Rapid Loader #232, shipped to Gloster, Miss. 9-13-1915.

Purchased Clyde Iron Works Ground Skidder #2204, shipped to Gloster, Miss. 8-23-1919.

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Gloster Lumber Company was incorporated at Camden, AR on November 28, 1914, with authorized capital stock of $100,000 and paid-in capital stock of $23,000 at the time the company was organized. The incorporators were T. J. Gaughn, C. W. Niehuss, J. T. Sifford, W. H. Hall and W. W. Brown.  At the first Board of Directors meeting, T. J. Gaughn was elected president, J. T. Sifford, vice president and W. H. Hall, secretary and treasurer.

On January 23, 1915, the new company purchased the contract of the Valley Lumber Company covering the lease of the sawmill plant and logging railroad of the W. L. Robinson Lumber Company and the timber obtained by the Valley Lumber Company from the Boutin Timber Company. The purchase price was $100,000.

 In 1933 the logging railroad was abandoned and the engines put up for sale. The mill continued to operate afterward, but was logged with trucks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman: 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

3

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

4926

 

1/1880

 

15x18

 

36

 

70000

 

Denver, South Park & Pacific #52

Built 36" gauge.

Re. #192 in 1885.

Denver, Leadville & Gunnison #192, in 1889.

Colorado & Southern #32, in 1/1899.

J. J. White #4, McComb City, MS, in 1901.

Changed to standard gauge.

W. L. Robinson Lumber Co. #3, Gloster. MS,

ca. 1911.

Valley Lumber Co. #3, Gloster, MS, on 6/9/1913.

Gloster Lumber Co. #3, on 1/23/1915.

Baldwin class 10-24 E 40

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1097, on 4/26/1916, in trade on Shay #4.

Mardez Lumber Co., Benford, TX,

on 12/6/1916.

 

4

 

42-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

2330

 

5/1910

 

3-10x12

 

29

 

84000

 

Boleyn Lumber Co., Ltd. #3, Boleyn, LA

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1084

Gloster Lumber Co. #4, on 4/26/1916.

Cost $4,300 with $1,200 allowed in trade on #3.

 

For sale 10/1933.

 

5

 

28-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

438

 

5/1893

 

3-10x10

 

30

 

56000

 

North Bend & Kettle Creek #2, Gleasonton, PA (Howard & Perley Lumber Co.)

Returned to Lima and rebuilt for:

Cook & Graham Lumber Co. #2, Brookville, PA

A. W. Cook & Co. #2, Brookville, PA, on 9/10/1902.

Northeast Lumber Co., Huntington, WV, ca. 1906.

Glady Fork Lumber Co., Glady, WV

Gloster Lumber Co. #5, on 2/8/1921.

 

For sale 10/1933.

 

6

 

70-3

Shay

 

Lima

 

2507

 

2/1912

 

3-12x15

 

36

 

140000

 

Champion Lumber Co. #5, Crestmont, NC

Suncrest Lumber Co. #5, Sunburst, NC.,

on 12/18/1918.

W. A. Zelnicker Supply Co., St. Louis, MO (dealer).

Fourche River Lumber Co. #6, Bigelow, AR,

on 8/16/1919.

Gloster Lumber Co. #6, on 10/1/1921.

 

For sale 10/1933.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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