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Don's Rail Photos
Some years ago Jud Powell sent me the photo shown below of Reader RR 1702
with a train of tank cars smoking it up at Waterloo, Ark., in the 1960s. I knew
I had to do a page on the Reader to feature this example of short line
railroading at its best.
About the 1st of October, 1965, I was transferred to Dallas
from Peoria, Illinois, by Railway Express. I took the train from Chillicothe to
Dallas for the first week on the job. A week later I took the train back and
drove my then new Dodge Dart back to Dallas with my wife and 2 kids (Will 3 and
Susan 3 months). We spent a week looking for a home, and then they went back on
the train. I went back to Peoria on the train for Thanksgiving, and to bring the
family back to Dallas with me in Nancy's old Chevy, which had a floor mat in
front to keep the driver from putting his/her foot thru the salt rotted
flooring. We left Peoria in a snow storm with the 2 kids and 2 dogs, and grandma
griping in the back seat. On the way to Dallas, we made only one or two railfan
stops, but one was at Reader, Arkansas. Since it was a holiday weekend, nothing
was running. But to see the 11 and 1702 sitting out with the 108 in the engine
house was a sight to remember. Here are photos of the last three locomotives
owned by the Reader before it died and is making its fitful resurrection.
11 was built by Baldwin in February 1925, #58194, as Caddow & Choctaw 11.
It was sold as Reader 11. It went to
the Hart County Scenic RR at Hartwell, Georgia, after abandonment. Steve
Sandifer reports that it later went to the Kentucky Central at Paris, Ky.
108 was built by Baldwin in February 1920, #52820, as San Augustine County Lumber Co. 108. Later it became Angelina
& Neches River RR 108 until 1956 when it came as Reader 108. It
went to the Conway Scenic RR as 108 in 1976 and was sold to the
RR in 2000 where it is being restored.
1702 was built by Baldwin in September 1942, #64641, as U S Army
1702. I worked on these locomotives at Fort Eustis and also in Korea in
the 1950s. It was sold to Warren & Saline
River RR as 1702 in 1946 and sold as Reader 1702 in June 1964.
After abandonment, the 1702 went to the Fremont & Elkhorn Valley in
Nebraska in August 1985 and the tender was replaced by an ex Rock Island crane. The
tender and the crane went to the Galveston Railroad Museum. It now is on the
Great Smoky Mountain RR
as 1702 in North
2 was built by Baldwin in January 1907. #29900, as Lufkin Land & Lumber Co 2. It became Shreveport Houston & Gulf RR 2 and transferred as Carter-Kelley Lumber Co 2 in 1913 It was sold as W T Carter & Bro Lumber Co 2 in 1936 and donated to Grigsby Foundation in 1970. It was leased as Scott & Bearskin RR 2 and it was sold as Reader 2 in May 1978. It does a few movie jobs.
4 was built by Baldwin in December 1913, #40958, as Laurel River Lumber Co. 22. It was sold as C-KLCo 4 and sold as Carter 4 in 1930. It was then donated to Grigsby Foundation in 1970. It was sold as Reader RR 4 in 1984 and leased to Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis RR with various identifications. It was returned to Reader and does movie work.
7 was built by Baldwin in June 1907, #31063, as Victoria Fisher & Western RR 7. It became Louisiana Longleaf Lumber Co 7 in 1917 and donated to Grigsby Foundation in August 1968. It was donated as Reader RR 7 where it is in movie work.
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