W. L. Robinson Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 30 to 56-lb rail

Headquarters

Mill Location: Gloster, MS (Amite County)

Mill Capacity: 0,000 ft/day 

Years of Operation: 1905-1913

Miles Operated: 11 miles

Locomotives Owned

Also see: Valley Lumber Co.

Equipment:

 

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

In March 1903, W. L. Robinson began buying timber in the vicinity of Gloster, Amite County, for a lumbering operation. A mill site was purchased in February 1905 in the northern outskirts of Gloster, on the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad. During 1905 a sawmill plant and logging railroad, extending from the Y. & M. V. eastward, were constructed. On December 5, 1905, C. E. Bates became a partner in the business, buying a one-forth interest. The business then was operated as the W. L. Robinson Lumber Company, a copartnership.

 On June 9, 1913, the sawmill plant, logging railroad and railroad logging equipment were sold to the Valley Lumber Company, of Camden, AR, for $33,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:   

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

23-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1610

 

12/1905

 

3-9x8

 

26

 

43400

 

New.

 

Valley Lumber Co. #1, Gloster, MS, on 6/9/1913.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #939,

on 8/11/1913.

Bowie Lumber Co. #9, Bowie, LA, on 4/11/1916.

Transferred as #9 to St. James, LA.

 

2

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

4490

 

12/1878

 

11x16

 

45

 

38000

 

West End Narrow Gauge Ry. #3 Rolla Wells, St. Louis, MO

Built 36-inch gauge.

Covington, Flemingsburg & Ashland #2, Flemingsburg, KY, in 4/1893.

Cincinnati, Flemingsburg & Southeastern #2, Flemingsburg, KY, on 6/1/1905.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co. #60

Rebuilt to standard gauge by Glover Machine Works, Marietta, GA.

W. L. Robinson Lumber Co. #2,

on 5/12/1910. Cost $2,000.

Baldwin class 8-16 C 9

 

Unknown.

 

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, ca. 1911.

Baldwin class 10-24 E 40

 

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

Gloster Lumber Co. #3, Gloster, MS,

on 1/23/1915.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co. #1097,

on 4/26/1916.

Mardez Lumber Co., Benford, TX, on 12/6/1916.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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