Isabella Lumber Co. (1892-1895)

Banner Lumber Co. (1895-1905)

Brooks-Scanlon Co. (1905-1921)

Kentwood & Eastern Railway (1905-1922)

36" and Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Kentwood, LA

Mill Location: Kentwood, LA

Years of Operation: 1892-1922

Predecessor Roads: none

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: 36" gauge: Main line: Leased from Brooks-Scanlon Co.: Kentwood, LA to Hackley, LA, 26.558 miles

Standard gauge: Main line: Bolivar Junction, LA to Pineview, LA, 14.163 miles; leased from Brooks-Scanlon Co.: Kentwood, LA to Bolivar Junction, 3.259 miles — total operated, 17.422 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

12/31/1918: Locomotives: 4. Cars: 2 combination, 4 box, 127 flat, 2 coal, 1 caboose, 2 service.

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman and Tony Howe:

The Kentwood & Eastern Railroad, leased from the Brooks-Scanlon Company on July 1, 1906, was never incorporated. The initial line of approximately 3 miles was built in 1890 by the Isabella Lumber Company, which extended it from time to time to a total length of about 8 miles.

On November 1, 1895, all of the timber holdings and other properties of the Isabella Lumber Company were sold at a United States marshal’s sale for $32,500 to the Banner Lumber Company, Ltd., of Kentwood, LA, which operated the railroad as a logging line. The Banner Lumber Company extended the line over a period of time to a total length of 30.02 miles. 

On November 1, 1905, the Banner Lumber Company sold all of its holdings to the Brooks-Scanlon Company, of Minnesota, for $450,000, which included the timberlands, railroad and equipment and sawmill at Kentwood. On May 14, 1907, the Brooks-Scanlon Company sold its railroad rolling stock to the Kentwood & Eastern Railway for a lump sum of $37,500.

The Kentwood & Eastern Railway was incorporated in Louisiana for 99 years on December 5, 1905. The first portion of the road was opened in 1905, and subsequent portions during 1906-10. The company leased the Kentwood & Eastern Railroad on July 1, 1906, at an annual rental of $1,000 and taxes.

The narrow gauge line from Kentwood to Hackley was abandoned about 1918. The standard gauge line from Kentwood to Pineview was extended to a connection with the Houlton Brothers railroad north of Uneedus, and trackage rights were obtained by the K&E to run to Houltonville, near Madisonville. The purpose for this agreement was to help supply much-needed lumber for the construction of wood ships during WWI in the Madisonville area. Brooks-Scanlon began purchasing timber in the Pacific Northwest and in Florida several years before the mill at Kentwood finally cut out in 1922. Some of the standard gauge equipment at Kentwood was transferred to the Brooks-Scanlon operation near Perry, Florida.

An American loader at work on the K&E standard gauge line. 

36" gauge K&E 2-6-0 No. 28 was bought new from Baldwin in 1913. It was later sold to the famed Linville River in North Carolina.

Standard gauge K&E Heisler No. 3 was fitted with an unusual auxiliary water car, making the 2-truck engine look like a 3-truck Heisler!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrow Gauge ROSTER by Leon Ford and Gil Hoffman:

  

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

2-6-0

 

T. H. Paul?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondhand.

Named Clara Preston.

 

Dropped by 11/1/1905.

 

2

 

2-6-0

 

T. H. Paul?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secondhand.

Named Zoe Preston.

 

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #2, on 11/1/1905.

Kentwood & Eastern  #2.

 

3

 

2-4-0

 

Porter

 

226

 

8/1875

 

11x16

 

42

 

32000

 

Hot Springs R.R. #1, Malvern, AR

Queen City Lumber Co., Queen City, TX

George M. Dilley & Son, Pasadena, TX (dealer)

Isabella Lumber Co. #3 Geo. S., Jr.,

on 4/14/1894.

 

Banner Lumber Co. #3, n 10/5/1895.

East Union Mills #2 Tom Leake, Hyde, LA.

 

4

 

2-6-0

 

Brooks

 

1529

 

4/1889

 

15x18

 

38

 

61000

 

J. E. Potts Salt & Lumber Co. #3, Potts, MI

Au Sable & Northwestern #3, Au Sable, MI, in 9/1891.

Banner Lumber Co. #4 L. L. Lampton,

in 1/1899.

 

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #4, on 11/1/1905.

Kentwood & Eastern  #4.

Re. #24.

 

5

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

6134

 

4/1882

 

15x20

 

36

 

60000

 

Built as Denver & Rio Grande  #293

Returned to Baldwin and resold to: Baltimore & Delta  #3 Thomas C. Jenkins,

on 5/22/1882.

Maryland Central  #3, in 8/1882.

Baltimore & Lehigh  #3, in 5/1891.

Banner Lumber Co. #5

Baldwin class 10-24½ E 63

 

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #5, on 11/1/1905.

Kentwood & Eastern  #5.

Re. #22.

 

6

 

2-8-0

 

Grant

 

 

 

6/1882

 

15x20

 

 

 

60000

 

(tentative) Toledo, Cincinnati & St. Louis #57-66.

Banner Lumber Co. #6, on ?

 

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #6, on 11/1/1905.

Kentwood & Eastern  #6.

Re. #23.

 

21

 

2-6-0

 

T. H. Paul?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re. from K&E #2.

 

Dropped by 6/30/1916.

 

22

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

6134

 

4/1882

 

15x20

 

36

 

60000

 

Re. from K&E #5.

 

General Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1595

J. H. Burnaman, Newton, TX, on 5/11/1920.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1707 (repossession).

 

23

 

2-8-0

 

Grant

 

 

 

6/1882

 

15x20

 

 

 

60000

 

Re. from K&E #6.

 

In service 6/30/1916.

 

24

 

2-6-0

 

Brooks

 

1529

 

4/1889

 

15x18

 

38

 

61000

 

Re. from K&E #4.

 

In service 6/30/1916.

 

25

 

2-6-0

 

Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

14x18

 

 

 

60000

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #520

Kentwood & Eastern #25, on 12/27/1912. Cost $2,975.

 

Retired 1917.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1522

Brownlee Lumber Co., Shubuta, MS, on 1/20/1920

 

26

 

30-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

702

 

8/1902

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

59500

 

J. E. Henry & Sons #4, North Woodstock, NH

Built standard gauge

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #26

 

Changed to 36-inch gauge by Brooks-Scanlon Co.

Changed back to std. gauge #26.

 

 

27

 

2T Shay

 

Lima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown.

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #27

 

 

 

28

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

39697

 

4/1913

 

16x20

 

44

 

74000

 

New for K&E. Cost $8,000.

Baldwin class 8-26 D 181

 

General Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA

Linville River  #28, Cranberry, NC, in 1922.

Scrapped ca. 1940.


Standard Gauge ROSTER by Leon Ford and Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

2

 

37-2

Heisler

 

Stearns

 

 

1060

 

1902

 

15x12

 

36

 

74000

 

Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Co. #2, Scanlon, MN

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #2, Kentwood, LA,

ca. 1906.

 

Used by C. H. Stevens Logging Co. (logging contractor for Brooks-Scanlon).

 

3

 

37-2 Heisler

 

Heisler

 

1137

 

1907

 

15x12

 

36

 

74000

 

New for K&E Ry.

Saddletank type.

 

Used by C. H. Stevens Logging Co. (logging contractor for Brooks-Scanlon).

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #918,

on 4/25/1913, in trade on#887.

Brown Lumber Co. #3, Hiwannee, MS,

on 5/10/1913.

Jeffris Lumber Co., Jeffris, LA

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1230

Choctaw Lumber Co. #8, Bolinger, AL,

on 9/28/1917.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1212, on 2/2/1918.

Little Rock Lumber & Mfg. Co. #2, Retting, AR, on 3/29/1919.

 

10

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

30198

 

2/1907

 

16x24

 

50

 

94000

 

New for K&E Ry. Cost $8,700.

Baldwin class 8-26 D 171

 

Philip A. Ryan Lumber Co. #3, Lufkin, TX, by 12/1922.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1712

Alabama Central Ry. #10, Autaugaville, AL, on 9/28/1936.

Twin Seams Mining Co. #1, Kellerman, AL.

 

11

 

2-6-0

 

A/Dickson

 

26262

 

11/1902

 

19x26

 

56

 

129000

 

Duluth, Virginia & Rainy Lake  #11, Virginia, MN

Minnesota & North Wisconsin #11, in 1906.

Kentwood & Eastern #11

 

General Equipment Co., New Orleans, LA

Edward Hines Yellow Pine Trustees #11, Lumberton & Kiln, MS, in 9/1921.

 

26

 

30-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

702

 

8/1902

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

59500

 

Rebuilt from 36-inch gauge #26.

 

Used by C. H. Stevens Logging Co. (logging contractor for Brooks-Scanlon).

Central Cambalache #13, Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Changed to meter gauge.

 

32

 

2-6-0

 

Dickson

 

354

 

8/1882

 

18x24

 

56¾

 

97600

 

New York, Lackawanna & Western #30

Delaware, Lackawanna & Western #291,

in 1899.

Minnesota & North Wisconsin #291,

on 5/16/1902.

Kentwood & Eastern #32, ca. 1906.

 

Brooks-Scanlon Corp. #32, Eastport, FL, in 1922.

 

50

 

2-6-0

 

Lima

 

5923

 

2/1920

 

18x24

 

44

 

121000

 

New for Brooks-Scanlon Co.

Cost $24,273.

 

Evansville, Suburban & Newburgh  #8, Evansville, IN, by 11/1922.

Scrapped 1947.

 

196

 

2-6-0

 

Dickson

 

414

 

3/1883

 

18x24

 

56

 

 

 

Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.

(A. & E. Divn.) #196 Schenevus

Minnesota & North Wisconsin #196, Scanlon, MN

Kentwood & Eastern #196, ca. 1906.

 

In service 6/30/1916.

 

238

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

8441

 

3/1887

 

18x24

 

54

 

87000

 

Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe  #73

Re. #356 in 1898.

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe  #0198, in 1900.

Minnesota & North Wisconsin #238, Scanlon, MN, in 9/1902.

Kentwood & Eastern #238, ca. 1906.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 239

 

 

 

887

 

4-6-0

 

Schen.

 

 

 

 

 

18x24

 

55

 

 

 

Unknown.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #619

Augusta Southern #71, Augusta, GA,

on 9/18/1907.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #887

Brooks-Scanlon Co. #887,

on 4/25/1913. Cost $4,850 with $3,600 allowed in trade on Heisler #3.

 

 

 

1208

 

4-4-0

 

Taunton

 

454

 

2/1869

 

16x24

 

54

 

60500

 

Mineral Point #4 Platteville

Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul #430, in 1881.

Re. #1208 in 1899.

Minnesota & North Wisconsin #1208, Scanlon, MN, in 10/1901.

Kentwood & Eastern #1208, ca. 1906.

 

In service 6/30/1916.

 

 

 

 

 

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