Ashdown And Vandervoort, Trains And Dogs – 28 October 2005

by admin on 2015/10/28

Well, here it is, kiddies; Day 1 of Jimbaux’s journey to, from, and at the fall 2005 gathering on Rich Mountain is here, starting with some pictures south of – on my way to – Rich Mountain.

I do not even recall in which state our first two images were taken, as they were taken somewhere near the tripoint of Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas, but I suspect that they were taken in the northwesternmost part of Louisiana.

I wanted to get some images of the cotton harvest, and this is the best that I could do just passing through, the below image being a zoomed-in view of the above scene.

With that out of the way, we go into Arkansas and past Texas.  Our first stop is at Ashdown, a really neat railroad place; Ashdown is the location of a couple of railroad-served industries including a paper mill and the interchange between the Kansas City Southern Railway and the Kiamichi Railroad, a shortline or regional railroad (it’s a bit big for a shortline and a bit small for a regional) operating on a former secondary mainline of the St.-Louis-San-Francisco Railroad.

I arrive in time to witness a KRR job operating on the KCS mainline, doing what appears to be an interchange before serving the large Domtar mill.

Yes, that’s basically part of the KCS yard off in the distance where the KCS power is parked.

The job must have disappeared to the north, as I apparently did the same, briefly recording this northward view of the KCS mainline north of town, a shot I had done with an actual train in the film days.

It looks like it would be too late in that afternoon for that shot anyway.

For whatever reason, perhaps because I saw that the Kiamichi job was returning there, I returned to the prior location.

Ah, now this will be interesting!  Check out those pulpwood cars.

I do love it when the load of a car is visible, something that is increasingly rare in modern railroading but still somewhat common in this area.

So, now, the train is shoving into the plant, and check out those old hoppers, D&RGW, MoPac, Union Pacific, and Burlington Northern!

Here are some better views of some of the pulpwood cars.

And here are a couple of closer views of individual cars.

Well, now you know what the Kiamichi Railroad’s reporting marks are!

This is neat.

Now, we see the head end, still shoving.

Those logs look like pine.

Next is one of my favorite shots of the day as the front end of the train gets close to the switch.

How was that?  ‘Twas different, at least!  Don’t worry; we’ll resume our regularly schedule southern Louisiana lameness soon enough.  Let’s enjoy this weekend diversion while we can!

I stopped in Gillham and wanted to get this former Milwaukee Road hopper car parked in the siding, apparently part of a grain train that originated on the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad.

Gillham is an interesting little hamlet.

Next, I arrive in Vandervoort, and I find the last of that day’s sun rays hitting a parked ballast train with an interesting-enough power set.

I very much liked the FNM two-tone blue paint scheme, and it was a neat match with the KCS grey.

This train was just parked here with no crew.

The below image appears to have been taken from atop the truck.

I think that I knew when I was taking these pictures that this is where my photography on this day would end.

Darkness would soon fall.  So, let’s take pictures of something else right here!

There was (and may still be) a pack of dogs that resides right next to here, and I’ve been approached by at least five of them at once here.

These would soon, in fewer than 48 hours, be the source of frequent jokes and stories between my pal TS and me.

Ain’t they cute?

I guess they are looking back at the others in their pack now.

That’s all for the pictures today.  After this, I apparently drove over Rich Mountain, and, according to a trip report from TS on which I will heavily rely for information in the next two articles, I popped up “out of nowhere” at the Western Sizzlin in Poteau, Oklahoma, where other foamers were gathering for supper.

Stay tuned for some Rich Mountain goodness tomorrow and the day after.


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1 Charlie K. October 28, 2015 at 07:23

Jim, i guess there is no easy way to ID your photos for individual comments. I would think your readers would find this to be convenient. Perhaps numbering your captions would do it. For no. 6, even tho there is no train, the ballast resolution is a real tribute to your lens quality. ….. Charlie


2 Michael Roth October 28, 2015 at 09:37

James , what a great presentation of the days events. I found these photos to be very interesting. Thanks for posting this day .


3 Fletcher Christian October 28, 2015 at 09:48

The cotton fields would almost have to be around Gilliam, LA, if you went up hwy 71.
The engineer on the Kiamichi Railroad should be Harold Strange, better known as Doc.
I was the Conductor on one side of the old “Superdog” from day 1 until it was pulled off and made into the Texarkana Turn and I was the Conductor on it also until I retired in June of 2006. The Texarkana Turn eventually became an Ashdown Turn.
All of the pictures of KCS units at Ashdown appear to be of the Ashdown Dodger. They only had one unit there, while the Turn almost always had 2 units.
Hope this information helps.


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