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20 Years of Southeastern Railroad History and Photographs since 1996

The Pennsboro & Harrisville RR
and The Lorama RR of Ritchie County, WV

By Donald R. Hensley, Jr

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ForestRailsForestRails is a story of logging and short line railroads and the role they played in the growth and success of the diverse operations of Georgia-Pacific, a major Fortune 500 Company, also known as the “Growth Company.” Once lumbermen realized the benefits of a steel wheel on a steel rail, they embraced the technology and railroads became essential in hauling trees from the forests for sawing into lumber and later in the manufacture of paper, plywood and other forest products. The author describes herein the diverse operations of the Georgia-Pacific railroads from the perspective of having been president of ten of the 16 short line railroads described herein. The forest products industry has also long relied on the rails for delivery of its output to customers. From chattering steam locomotives to growling diesels, from railroad logging to truck and tractor logging, and from logging tram roads to modern short line common carrier railroads, nearly every facet of logging and short line railroad operations in the United States is described somewhere in this history. Railroads owned by G-P include (1) Feather River, (2) Oregon, Pacific & Eastern, (3) Fordyce & Princeton, (4) Ashley, Drew & Northern; (5) Arkansas, Louisiana & Mississippi; (6) Brimstone; (7) Carolina Western; (8) California Western; (9) Amador Central; (10) Gloster Southern; (11) Valdosta Southern; (12) Marinette, Tomahawk & Western; (13) Chattahoochee Industrial; (14) Old Augusta; (15) Blue Rapids; (16) Moscow, Camden & San Augustine. Lumber and Logging railroads include: (1) C. D. Johnson, Toledo, OR; (2) Coos Bay, Coos ‘Bay, OR; (3) Hammond, Samoa, CA; (4) Meadow River, Rainelle, WVA; (5) W. M. Ritter, Swandale, WVA. ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED. NO CHARGE FOR AUTOGRAPHS.

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Table of Contents

Locomotive Photos and History from my collection

The Short Lines

Railroads of Ocala (New Series)
Silver Springs & Western
Rentz Lbr. Co. & its Ocala Northern
Ocklawaha Valley & Rodman Lumber Co.
Martel Lumber Co. &  Ocala & Southwestern

2 Part Series on the Trans Florida Central
 1 The Fellsmere Railroad
 2 The Trans Florida Central 

2 Part Series on the Charlotte Harbor & Northern
1 The Peace River Phosphate Co.
2 CH&N History

Four Part Series on the Florida Railway: 
1- The Drew Lbr. Co.
2  - Live Oak & Gulf  

 3 - Suwannee & San Pedro 
 4  The Florida Railway

Gainesville & Gulf  by Russell Tedder

Gulf Florida & Alabama Ry.

Georgia Florida & Alabama RR

An Inspection Trip on the Gulf Ports Terminal

Live Oak Perry & Gulf 

The South Georgia Ry.

Smoky Mountain RR

Greene County RR

Fernwood Columbia & Gulf by David Price

Wrightsville & Tennille

The Narrow Gauge

Pennsboro & Harrisville RR - Lorama RR

Florida Southern Railway

Green Cove Springs & Melrose

South Florida Railroad

Jupiter & Lake Worth Ry

Orange Belt Ry.

West Virginia Midland

The Industrial Railways

 Upchurch Lumber Co.

Cabbage Stacks at Slater, The Dowling & Camp Inc,

The Argent Lumber Co. in 1938

Whitcomb Locomotives

Cuban Narrow Gauge

Brookville Locomotives!!!

The Southeast Scene

W.E.Boone - Jacksonville's Locomotive Contractor

  The Traveling Photo Artist - M.F. Timmerman

The Mystery Photos

Mystery No. 1 Solved!
Mystery No. 2  
  Mystery No. 3 -Solved!
Mystery No. 4
Mystery No. 5 - Solved! 
Mystery No. 6-Solved!

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Florida RR History
Georgia RR History
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