Moscow, Camden & San Augustine Railroad


Due to the close relation of the railroad to the W. T. Carter and Brother Lumber Company, locals suggested that the initials on the side of the locomotive tender stood for "Mr. Carter and Sid Adams," the owner and longtime superintendent, respectively, of the sawmill. The Moscow, Camden and San Augustine never owned much rolling stock; for much of its history it only had one or two locomotives and a combination baggage-coach with space for express, passengers, and a desk for the conductor. Freight traffic, originally lumber from the sawmill and later supplemented by pulp wood or wood chips, was carried in cars provided by its connecting railroad. In 1903 the railroad reported passenger earnings of $500 and freight earnings of $15,000. By 1952 the amounts were $100 and $50,000, respectively.

A Pictorial History of Polk County, Texas, 1846-1910

mcsa_state Chartered in 1998, the intent of the Moscow, Camden and San Augustine Railroad was to build a shortline between all three of its namesake towns in eastern Texas. Rails were completed from Camden to Moscow by the turn of the century, but the pike never reached San Augustine. Noted for its mixed train service with a wooden combine until 1973, the MCSA stabled a large collection of steam and diesel power throughout its long history on a short line. Champion International acquired the road in 1969. Shops are in Camden, and the MCSA interchanges with the Union Pacific (former Southern Pacific) at Moscow.

Historical marker

1988 Official Guide ad

Motive Power

Moscow, Camden & San Augustine #201

  • builder:ALCO Cooke
  • arrangement:2-6-0 Mogul
  • built:Jan 1906, Alco #39094
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • blt Isthmian Canal Commission #203
    used in Panama Canal construction
    to Equitable Equipment Co, 1922
    to Moscow Camden San Aug #201, 1929
    to Grisby Foundation, 1970
  • Moscow, Camden & San Augustine #17

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:44 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Nov 1944, GE #18183
  • series:334 produced 1940-56
  • engine:(2) Cat. D17000 (8 cyls. 400 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt Pacific Electric #1654
    to Texas & New Orleans #17, 1958
    to Moscow Camden San Aug #17, 1961
    sold from property, 1971
  • builder

    Moscow, Camden & San Augustine #601

  • builder:General Electric
  • model:70 tonner
  • type:B-B light switcher
  • built:Jan 1953, GE #31727
  • series:193 produced 1946-58
  • engine:CB FWL-6T (6 cyl. 660 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt Ahnapee & Western #601
    to Moscow Camden San Aug #601, 1971
    scrapped 2001
  • builder

    Moscow, Camden & San Augustine #3

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW900
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Apr 1957, EMD #23304
  • series:260 produced 1954-65
  • engine:EMD 567C (8 cyls. 900 hp)
  • notes:
  • blt Champion Paper #3
    later Moscow Camden San Aug #3
  • builder

    Rolling Stock


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