White-Grandin Lumber Co. (1919-1930)

Leesville, Slagle & Eastern Railroad (1919-1932)

Standard Gauge

Headquarters and mill location: Slagle, Vernon P.

Years of Operation: 1919-1932

Predecessor Roads: none

Successor Roads: none

Miles Operated: Main line: Leesville, LA to Slagle, LA, 10.35 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

12/31/1922: Locomotives: 1. Cars: 1 passenger, 1 freight.

 

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The White-Grandin Lumber Company built a double circular mill costing $300,000 in 1919-20 at the new town of Slagle, LA. The company was owned by the Missouri Lumber & Land Exchange Company.

 The Leesville, Slagle & Eastern Railroad was incorporated in Louisiana on February 22, 1919. The line extended in an easterly direction from a connection with the KCS at Leesville to Slagle, 10.35 miles, all in Vernon Parish. The outstanding capital stock of $125,000 in the railroad was held by the stockholders of the lumber company.

 The line was built during 1919 and 1920 with operations beginning on April 15, 1920. The railroad was constructed primarily to transport lumber and other forest products of the White-Grandin Lumber Company from its mill at the newly constructed sawmill town of Slagle.

 As a result of cutting out the available timber, the sawmill of the lumber company at Slagle ceased operation in the latter part of 1930. With no further business, on December 15, 1931, the railroad applied to the ICC for permission to abandon its entire line. Permission was received on February 10, 1932.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

2-6-2

 

Baldwin

 

52259

 

8/1919

 

17x24

 

44

 

122000

 

New for Leesville, Slagle & Eastern

Cost $20,000. Oil burner.

Baldwin class 10-28 D 141

 

Hillyer-Deutsch- Edwards, Inc. #1, Oakdale, LA

 

2

 

2-6-2

 

Baldwin

 

52258

 

8/1919

 

17x24

 

44

 

122000

 

New for White-Grandin Lumber Co.

Cost $20,000. Wood burner.

Baldwin class 10-28 D 140

 

Hillyer-Deutsch-Edwards, Inc. #2, Oakdale, LA

U. S. Naval Advance Depot, Gulfport, MS, by 6/1944.

 

3

 

2-6-2

 

Baldwin

 

41016

 

12/1913

 

16x24

 

44

 

101000

 

A. L. Clark Lumber Co. #3, Glenwood, AR

White-Grandin Lumber Co. #3,by 3/1922.

Baldwin class 10-26 D 126.

 

 

 

4

 

2-8-0

 

Brooks

 

3511

 

5/1900

 

20x30

 

55

 

177550

 

Western New York & Pennsylvania #184

Pennsylvania RR #6310 in 1903.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #982, in 2/1914.

Port Wentworth Lumber Co. #103, Savannah, GA,

on 6/6/1916.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1652

White-Grandin Lumber Co. #4, on 12/29/1922.

Cost $14,250.

 

 

 

5

 

2-6-0

 

Lima

 

1025

 

6/1906

 

17x20

 

40

 

93000

 

Tallulah Falls Lumber Co. #4, Tallulah Falls, GA

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #835

Greenville & Knoxville Ry. #12, Greenville, SC,

on 8/6/1912.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #894, on 12/12/1912.

W. R. Pickering Lumber Co. #19, Barham, LA,

on 2/12/1913.

Transferred as #19 to Haslam, TX.

White-Grandin Lumber Co. #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

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