New Orleans & Gulf Railroad (1887-1891)

New Orleans & Southern Railroad (1891-1897)

Louisiana Southern Railway (1897-)

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: New Orleans

Years of Operation: 1887-

Predecessor Roads: New Orleans & Gulf

Successor Roads: Southern Railway

Miles Operated: Main line: New Orleans to Bohemia, LA, 50 miles. Shell Beach Branch: Poydras, LA to Shell Beach, LA, 15.5 miles.

Locomotives Owned: 

Equipment

8/31/1887: Locomotives: 4. Cars: 9 passenger, 35 freight.

1/31/1889: Locomotives: 4. Cars: 9 passenger, 35 freight, 1pile driver. Also 3 steamboats.

6/30/1890: Locomotives: 4. Cars: 8 passenger, 15 box, 1 stock, 1 flat, 2 coal. Also 3 steamboats.

6/30/1894: Locomotives: 6. Cars: 6 passenger, 3 baggage, etc., 15 box, 2 stock, 25 flat. Also 3 steamboats.

 

 

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HISTORY by Gil Hoffman:

The New Orleans & Gulf Railroad was formed by the consolidation and merger on October 29, 1886, of the Mississippi, Terre Aux Boeufs Railroad and the New Orleans & Gulf Railroad. The former of these was the owner of a line of railroad running from New Orleans to Shell Beach on Lake Borgne; the latter was chartered to build a line 36 miles in length from Poydras, a point on the M. T. A. B. & L. RR, to Point-a-la-Hache, with branches aggregating 2.5 miles. Track laying began January 10, 1887, and the line was completed the following June. In July 1887 the company purchased three steamboats and the Red River & Coast Line Steamboat Company, operating from New Orleans to the Jetties. This purchase included the United States mail contract. Default was made on November 1, 1889, and a receiver appointed on May 2, 1890.

 The New Orleans & Southern Railroad was chartered on September 15, 1891, as successor to the New Orleans & Gulf Railroad, whose property was sold under foreclosure on March 6, 1891.A receiver was appointed on June 10, 1895, and the railroad was leased to the New Orleans & Western Railroad on February 1, 1896, for a period of one years unless sold under foreclosure.

 The Louisiana Southern Railroad was organized as successor to the New Orleans & Southern Railroad whose property was sold under foreclosure on October 26, 1896. By 1899 the railroad was cut back to Belair, LA, 29 miles. 

The New Orleans, Texas & Mexico leased the Louisiana Southern from July 1911, until Missouri Pacific control of the Gulf Coast Lines on January 1, 1925. After purchase of the Gulf Coast Lines, the Missouri Pacific returned the Louisiana Southern to its owners. From 1911 to 1916, the NOT&M operated and maintained the Louisiana Southern equipment, though the Louisiana Southern lettering was maintained. After formation of the Gulf Coast Lines in 1916, the NOT&M still retained the Louisiana Southern road numbers, but added the inscription GULF COAST LINES across the center of the tenders (all Gulf Coast Line engines acquired this lettering).  The initials L. S. were then applied to the locomotive cabs.

 

 

 

Louisiana Southern No. 13 at New Orleans on February 4, 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEAM ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

2-4-2T

 

Porter

 

601

 

9/1883

 

12x18

 

48

 

34000

 

Mississippi Terre aux Boeufs & Lake  #1

John R. Elder. Built 60" gauge.

Damaged in fire and sent to H. K. Porter & Co.; overhauled and relettered:

Shell Beach R.R. #1 Saxonholm,

in 12/1885.

New Orleans & Gulf #1, on 10/29/1886.

 

Changed to standard gauge in 1887.

New Orleans & Southern #1, on 9/15/1891.

 

2

 

2-4-2T

 

Porter

 

602

 

11/1883

 

12x18

 

48

 

34000

 

Mississippi Terre aux Boeufs & Lake #2

E. L. Carriere. Built 60" gauge.

Damaged in fire and sent to H. K. Porter & Co.; overhauled and relettered:

Shell Beach R.R. #2 Chalmette, in 12/1885.

New Orleans & Gulf #2, on 10/29/1886.

 

Changed to standard gauge in 1887.

New Orleans & Southern #2, on 9/15/1891.

 

3

 

2-4-2T

 

Porter

 

603

 

2/1884

 

12x18

 

48

 

34000

 

Mississippi Terre aux Boeufs & Lake #3.

Built 60" gauge.

Damaged in fire and sent to H. K. Porter & Co.; overhauled and relettered:

Shell Beach R.R. #3 Poydras, in 12/1885.

New Orleans & Gulf #3, on 10/29/1886.

 

Changed to standard gauge in 1887.

New Orleans & Southern #3, on 9/15/1891.

 

4

 

2-4-4TB

 

Baldwin

 

8331

 

1/1887

 

12x20

 

49

 

60000

 

New. Named Belair.

Cost $5,250.

Baldwin class 10-18 C 2

 

New Orleans & Southern #4, on 9/15/1891.

Louisiana Southern  #4, on 2/27/1897.

Dropped by 6/30/1918.

 

5

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

12352

 

12/1891

 

15x22

 

56

 

66000

 

New. Cost $6,595.

Baldwin class 8-24 C 161

 

Louisiana Southern #5, on 2/27/1897.

In service 6/30/1918.

 

6

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

12353

 

12/1891

 

15x22

 

56

 

66000

 

New. Cost $6,595.

Baldwin class 8-24 C 162

 

Louisiana Southern #6, on 2/27/1897.

In service 6/30/1918.

 

8

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

2194

 

7/1870

 

15x22

 

66

 

66000

 

St. Louis, Vandalia & Terre Haute #21

Re. #61 in 1872.

Re. #161 in 1880.

Re. k in 9/1896.

Louisiana Southern #8, by 6/1907.

Baldwin class 24 C 55

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

10

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

3992

 

9/1876

 

16x24

 

57

 

74000

 

Texas & Pacific #43

Re. #520 in 1882.

Re. #43 in 1886.

Louisiana Southern #10, in 2/1915.

Baldwin class 8-26 C 114

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

11

 

4-4-0

 

Danforth

 

1154

 

2/1881

 

16x24

 

58

 

76000

 

Texas & Pacific #63

Re. #530 in 1882.

Re. #63 in 1886.

Louisiana Southern #11, in 9/1915.

 

In service 6/30/1918.

 

12

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

8790

 

9/1887

 

19x24

 

55

 

92700

 

St. Louis & San Francisco Ry. #214

Re. #314 in 1901.

New Iberia & Northern R.R. #45, in 5/1916.

Louisiana Southern #12, in 9/1923.

Baldwin class 8-32 D 238

 

 

 

13

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

41168

 

2/1914

 

18x24

 

54

 

113000

 

Cape Girardeau Northern Ry. #11, Cape Girardeau, MO

San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf R.R. #18, San Antonio, TX

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Louisiana Southern #13, on 1/31/1925.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 673

 

 

 

14

 

2-6-0

 

A/Schen.

 

53978

 

9/1913

 

18x24

 

54

 

116000

 

Cape Girardeau Northern Ry. #9, Cape Girardeau, MO

San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf R.R. #19, San Antonio, TX

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

Louisiana Southern #14, on 1/31/1925.

 

 

 

15

 

0-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

36581

 

3/1912

 

19x24

 

51

 

118500

 

Aransas Harbor Terminal Ry. #1, Aransas Pass, TX

Louisiana Southern #15, on ?

Baldwin class 6-32 D 882

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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