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Old 03-19-2018, 09:27 PM   #1
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Default Arkansas Midland - Hot Springs line

While on vacation last week, I had time to make a quick visit to check out the Arkansas Midland Hot Springs line.
In the 90's, when Pinsly took over this operation, there was a lot of business along the line,all the way to Mountain Pine, Ar., where a big sawmill was located. I had not been back there since the mill closed, taking probably 1/2 of the railroads business with it.
G&W has run this line for a number of years now, and while car loads have seriously decreased, they seem to be doing pretty well. The headquarters is at the old Reynolds Alum. mill at Jones Mill, Ar. One rather large building has been turned into a loco and car repair shop. The building is big enough to hold 6 or 8 engines, but through the open doors, I could see 2 that were being rebuilt. One was #3860, in M&NA red and gray paint, and the other had no numbers in the number boards, and was in primer. Looks like the shop is well equipped for heavy repairs.
In the yard at the mill, there are 2 or 3 reload operations I could see. One is loading lumber from trucks, onto centerbeam flatcars for outbound shipment.
Three GP ? locomotives were working in the small yard, all 3 in spotless clean G&W orange and black. Engine #2503, 2076, and one too far to read number.
The line seems to operate every day, Mon. - Fri. not sure about weekends. Operations start around 7:00 AM at the shops.
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