H. Weston Lumber Co.

Standard gauge, 60-lb rail

Headquarters: Logtown, MS

Mill Location: Logtown, MS (Hancock County)

Mill Capacity: 130,000 ft/day in 1917

Years of Operation: 1889-ca1932

Miles Operated: 50 miles in 1917

Locomotives Owned

Equipment:

8 locomotives, 130 cars, 2 Baptist skidders in 1910

 

See also:

Logtown

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History by Gil Hoffman and Tony Howe:

The H. Weston Lumber Company was incorporated at Logtown, in Hancock County, with branch in New Orleans, LA, on February 20, 1889, by Henry Weston, Asa G. Weston and H. S. Weston with authorized capital stock of $150,000. After many years of river logging, the company built a logging railroad about 1903, which was extended northward to a connection with the New Orleans & Northeastern Railroad at Picayune. It was later extended southeastward to a connection with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad at Ansley by the early 1920's. The mill operated until about 1929, when it was sold to the T. Hoffman-Olsen Lumber Co. who used it, along with the former Weston railroad, to cut tracts of hardwood timber along the river.

Builder's photo of Baldwin 2-6-0 No. 11, a handsome engine indeed!

 

Weston shop crew standing beside tender of an unknown Weston locomotive.

An H Weston Lumber Co. log camp.

This mill was situated south of the commissary at Logtown. 

Panoramic photo from the sawmill in the above photo looking north. Brick commissary building at left along river with the older H Weston sawmill beyond it. 

Panoramic photo showing the older Weston Lumber Co. sawmill looking southwest. 

H. Weston Lumber Co. passenger train near Caesar community. 

An outstanding photo of  H. Weston Lumber Co. #4 and crew with the tracklaying train. This is the only record of engine #4, but is thought to possibly have come from the Gulf & Ship Island RR.

What is thought to be an H Weston Lumber Co. log train and loader. Looks like hardwood logs to me. 

What is thought to be H. Weston Lumber Co. #6. The engine in the photo is definitely a Porter 2-6-0, however. 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

0-4-2T

 

Baldwin

 

9820

 

2/1889

 

10x14

 

35

 

30000

 

East Fifth Street Ry. #9 D. A. Harrington, Kansas City, MO

Austin Dam Street Ry.

A. Marx & Sons, New Orleans, LA (dealer)

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #1, on 9/30/1908.

Baldwin class 6-14_ C 60

 

In Service 8/1926.

 

2

 

4-4-0?

 

Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

60000

 

Unknown.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #2, by 1/1912.

 

Dropped by 8/1926.

 

3

 

55-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

236

 

5/1889

 

3-12x12

 

32

 

97500

 

F. H. & C. W. Goodyear #8, Medix Run, PA

Returned to Lima and shipped to:

Pint Rock Coal & Coke Co. 2nd #1, Oneida, TN, on 11/21/1892.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #3.

 

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1077

Oostanaula Mining Co., Birmingham, AL,

on 8/5/1916.

Hilley-Norrell Mining Co.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1241

Mills & Lupton Supply Co., Chattanooga, TN, on 3/2/1918.

J. G. White Engineering Co., Muscle Shoals, AL

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers #2, Muscle Shoals, AL

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1674

Conasauga River Lumber Co. #1, Conasauga, TN, on 7/8/1921.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #1893

Case-Fowler Lumber Co. #2, Toomsboro, GA,

on 2/14/1925.

 

4

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

70000

 

Unknown.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #4

 

T. Hofmann-Olsen Lumber Corp. #4, Logtown, MS, in 1929.

 

5

 

33-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

821

 

10/1903

 

3-10x10

 

28

 

66000

 

New.

 

For sale 8/1926.

 

6

 

2-6-0

 

Porter

 

3061

 

9/1904

 

15x22

 

 

 

70000

 

New.

 

T. Hofmann-Olsen Lumber Corp. #6, Logtown, MS, in 1929.

 

7

 

4-6-0

 

Schen.

 

1271

 

8/1880

 

18x24

 

54

 

78000

 

Fall Brook Coal Co. #23 Wayne

Fall Brook R.R. #23, in 7/1892.

New York Central & Hudson River #2102,

in 5/1899.

Re. #2199.

Kilby Locomotive & Machine Works Anniston, AL (dealer), in 1/1904.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #7, on 12/19/1904.

 

Dropped by 8/1926.

 

8

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

6417

 

10/1882

 

17x24

 

49

 

80000

 

St. Louis Bridge Co. & Tunnel R.R. #17

Built as an 0-6-0.

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis #17, on 7/30/1889.

Converted to 2-6-0.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #8, ca. 1905.

Baldwin class 6-28 D 28

 

T. Hofmann-Olsen Lumber Corp. #8,

Logtown, MS, in 1929.

 

9

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

7617

 

6/1885

 

17x24

 

50

 

90000

 

Buffalo, New York & Philadelphia #103

Western New York & Pennsylvania #103,

in 1887.

Re. #78 in 1891.

Pennsylvania R.R. #6280, in 1903.

Southern Iron & Equipment Co. #348,

in 3/1905.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #9, on 11/21/1905.

Cost $3,850.

Baldwin class 8-28 D 73

 

In Service 8/1926.

 

1st 10

 

2-8-0

 

Schen.

 

1687

 

10/1883

 

20x24

 

50

 

110000

 

Fall Brook Coal Co. #39

Fall Brook R.R. #39, in 7/1892.

New York Central & Hudson River #2274,

in 5/1899.

Kilby Locomotive & Machine Works, Anniston, AL  (dealer), in 3/1906.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #10, on 5/24/1906.

 

Dropped by 12/1911.

 

2nd 10

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

5408

 

12/1880

 

18x24

 

52

 

78000

 

Cincinnati Southern #43

Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific #43, in 1885.

Re. #543 in 1891.

Louisville Southern 2nd #13, on 10/6/1891.

Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific #543, on 6/6/1893.

Gulf & Ship Island #3, on 5/20/1899.

Re. #24 in 1903.

Watkins Machine & Foundry Co.,

on 7/10/1907.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #10, by 12/1911.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 66

 

In Service 8/1926.

 

1st 11

 

45-2

Shay

 

Lima

 

1837

 

6/1907

 

3-11x12

 

32

 

90000

 

New. Cost $7,500.

 

Grant Hill Gravel Co. #3, Rhinehart, LA,

in 11/1927.

 

2nd 11

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

58611

 

8/1925

 

18x24

 

48

 

112000

 

New. Cost $19,450.

Baldwin class 8-30 D 740

 

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

The Texas Co. #11, Port Arthur, TX,

on 9/16/1932.

 

12

 

2-6-0

 

A/Pitts.

 

49999

 

4/1911

 

18x24

 

56

 

125000

 

Crystal City & Uvalde #5, Crystal City, TX

San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf #20, in 4/1912.

Birmingham Rail & Locomotive Co.

H. Weston Lumber Co. #12, on 6/29/1925.

 

Bisso Coal & Towing Co. #12, New Orleans, LA


 

 

 

 

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