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Louisiana Midland Railway

loam_state Formed in 1945, the Louisiana Midland Railway was developed to purchase a 77-mile branchline in central Louisiana from the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway. Connecting Packton, Louisiana to Vidalia, the line served as a connecting segment of the famed "Natchez Route" -- a through-freight operation controlled by the Mississippi Central. As such, when in 1967 the Illinois Central absorbed the Mississippi Central, it acquired the LOAM operation as well. In 1974, independent operation of the Louisiana Midland resumed for a decade, until track conditions prevented through freight service and the operation was discontinued in 1986.

HawkinsRails thanks Mississippi railfan historian Tony Howe for use of his LOAM steam images

Steam Motive Power

Louisiana Midland #503

  • builder:Baldwin Loco Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler" type
  • class:Baldwin class 10-38 D 197
  • built:Apr 1920, Baldwin #53106
  • fuel:oil/water
  • notes:
  • 22x28" cylinders, 57" drivers
  • blt Louisiana & Arkansas #503
    to Louisiana Midland #503, 1948
    to South Shore #503, 1958
  • builder

    Louisiana Midland #509

  • builder:Baldwin Loco Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler" type
  • class:Baldwin class 10-36 D 613
  • built:Mar 1913, Baldwin #39553
  • fuel:oil/water
  • notes:
  • 22x28" cylinders, 57" drivers
  • blt Louisiana & Arkansas #403
    to Louisiana Midland #509, 1950
    to Monroe Sand & Gravel Co #509
    to Rapides Gravel Co.
  • builder

    Diesel Motive Power

    Louisiana Midland #10

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW7
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Jan 1951, EMD #9798
  • series:493 produced 1949-51
  • engine:EMD 567A (12 cyls, 1200 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt Louisiana Midland #10
    to Illinois Central #236
    to Illinois Central Gulf #236
    to Paducah & Louisville #1236
  • builder

    Louisiana Midland #11

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW1
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Jul 1952, EMD #17143
  • series:660 produced 1939-53
  • engine:EMD 567 (6 cyls. 600 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt Louisiana Midland #11
    to South Shore #11
  • builder

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