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Fordyce & Princeton Railroad

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At its peak in the logging and lumber days, the Fordyce & Princeton was a well-maintained logging railroad which operated Shay locomotives which pulled the log trains at the maximum speeds of the geared Shays. The F&P also had a couple of rod engines. After World War II, when the virgin timber was cut out, most of the F&P was abandoned leaving only about two miles which was operated as a switching carrier that served the world’s first southern pine plywood plant at Fordyce. The plywood plant generated an average of about six to eight carloads of plywood and a like number of woodchip carloads per day. Other industries included a dirt floor sawmill that was consistently profitable and generated a few carloads of lumber each week, a pulpwood loading yard which also loaded and shipped about eight carloads of short stick pulpwood per day, and a creosote plant that sporadically shipped inbound green poles and lumber for treatment and also shipped the treated products outbound.

Russell Tedder

adn_state Incorporated in 1890, the original Fordyce & Princeton Railroad was a 10-mile narrow gauge line from Fordyce to Toan, Arkansas. Eventually converted to standard gauge, the line would grow to nearly 20 miles at its peak, but by the early 1960s it was reduced to a 1 mile switching line at Fordyce. In 1981, however, the company acquired the recently abandoned 52 mile Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific line southeast to Crossett, nearly 60 miles in length, entering the industry-laden mill area on trackage rights from Whitlow Junction. Along with the now-abandoned Ashley, Drew & Northern, the F&P was owned by Georgia Pacific from 1963 to 2004, when it was purchased by the Genesee & Wyoming shortline operator.

See also our Ashley, Drew & Northern Railway collection, sister Georgia Pacific shortline
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FP and ADN route notes / JCH

Motive Power

Fordyce & Princeton #1503

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW1500
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:May 1970, EMD #36656
  • series:807 produced 1966-74
  • engine:EMD 645 (12 cyl, 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Ashley, Drew & Northern #150
    renumbered to ADN #1509
    to Fordyce & Princeton #1503
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    Fordyce & Princeton #1504

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:SW1500
  • type:B-B yard switcher
  • built:Jul 1966, EMD #31746
  • series:807 produced 1966-74
  • engine:EMD 645 (12 cyl, 1500 hp)
  • notes:
  • ex Rock Island #941
  • builder

    Fordyce & Princeton #1805

  • builder:Electro Motive Division
  • model:GP28
  • type:B-B road switcher
  • built:Aug 1964, EMD #28944
  • series:16 produced 1964-65
  • engine:EMD 567D1 (16 cyl, 1800 hp)
  • notes:
  • rare GP28 model, 1 of 16 ever built
    ex Illinois Central Gulf #9436
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    Locations

    Click to see the Fordyce depot area plotted on a Google Maps page

    Lagniappe

    See also our Southeast Louisiana NRHS 1987 excursion collection for more images

    Links / Sources

    This page was updated on 2017-08-01