Bauxite & Northern Railway: The small Bauxite & Northern can trace its history back to 1906 serving the area around Bauxite, Arkansas. For many years it was owned by the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) but was acquired by RA in 2005. Today, it is a G&W property.
Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad: This historic short line traces its roots back to the Dardanelle & Russellville Railway of 1883. It is currently owned by Arkansas Shortline Railroads, Inc. The company's last known address was the following: 4416 South Arkansas Avenue, Russellville, Arkansas 72802-8405.
De Queen & Eastern Railroad: Another historic operation, the De Queen & Eastern was chartered in 1900. It would eventually connect Perkins, Arkansas with Valliant, Oklahoma via De Queen. This main line is still operated today under Patriot Rail, which acquired the railroad from Weyerhaeuser.
Delta Southern Railroad: This independently-owned short line has been in service since 1991, operating two disconnected branches in Louisiana and Arkansas. Address: P. O. Box 1709, Tallulah, Louisiana 71282.
Delta Valley & Southern Railway: This small, independent short line operates just two miles of trackage around Wilson. The property was originally built to serve the timber industry and later part of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway system. Today, it is under the direction of Lee Wilson & Company. Address: 1 Park Street, Wilson, Arkansas 72395.
East Camden & Highland Railroad: Also known as the EACH Railroad this operation has been in service since 1971 when it was incorporated to serve the Shumaker Ordnance Depot at East Camden, Arkansas. This privately-owned company has its own website.
El Dorado & Wesson Railway: The historic ED&W traces its roots back to incorporation in 1905. The road would eventually operate about 10.2 miles from El Dorado to Wesson but nearly 5 miles was abandoned back to Newell in 1959. The company's current address is believed to be: P. O. Box 46, El Dorado, Arksansas 71731.
Fordyce & Princeton Railroad: The Fordyce & Princeton traces its history back to 1890 and currently operates 57 miles between Fordyce and Crossett. It was built to move forest products and still does today. In 2004 Georgia-Pacific sold the system to Genesee & Wyoming.
Fort Smith Railroad: This short line is a Pioneer Railcorp property, operating 18 miles between Fort Smith and Barling. Its traffic currently includes iron/steel, frozen poultry, alcoholic beverages, sand, lumber, pulp board, peanuts, and military movements. The railroad's main offices are in Fort Smith: 22 North B Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Kiamichi Railroad: This large short line operates 261 miles of track (some of which is trackage rights) running from Hope, Arkansas to west of Durant, Oklahoma along the Red River. There is also a north-south section running from Paris, Texas to Antlers, Oklahoma. Today, it is operated by Genesee & Wyoming and moves a wide variety of freight.
Little Rock & Western Railway: The LR&W, a G&W property, operate on a section of the Rock Island's fabled Choctaw Route built by predecessor Choctaw, Oklahoma & Gulf. Traffic includes animal feed, as well as food and forest products.
Little Rock Port Authority Railroad: This locally owned operation has been in service since 1972 operating about 12 miles and connecting with the Port of Little Rock Industrial Park where several various businesses have rail service. You can visit the port's website for more information.
Louisiana & North West Railroad: This historic line dates back to its founding in 1888. The L&NW eventually grew to 124 miles between McNeil, Arkansas and Natchitoches, Louisiana but this was later cutback to Gibsland. These 68 miles are still operated under Patriot Rail today.
Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad: This regional system began in 1992, acquiring more than 102 miles from Union Pacific late that year. For many years it was under RailAmerica before this company was purchased by Genesee & Wyoming in 2012. Today, the M&NA operates nearly 600 miles of track from southeastern Missouri to northern Arkansas. Its annual carloads exceed 100,000.
Ouachita Railroad: This short line operates 26 miles between El Dorado, Arkansas and Lille, Louisiana. It was originally a Rock Island branch and later when through several ownerships until being sold to the Arkansas Short Line Railroads, renamed as the Ouachita Railroad. The company's most current address is known to be; 730 South Washington, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730.
Prescott & Northwestern Railroad: The historic P&NW was chartered in 1890 by the Ozan Lumber Company to serve timber interests north of Prescott. Its primary traffic then was forest products but also carried perishables/agriculture and gypsum. Today, it is a division of Genesee & Wyoming.
Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern Railroad: The TO&E, also a Patriot Rail subsidiary, operates the other half of the original De Queen & Eastern main line from the Arkansas state line to Valliant, Oklahoma. Its traffic base is predominantly forest products.
Warren & Saline River Railroad: This small short line dates back to 1920 and for many years was owned by the Potlatch Corporation. Its traffic has always been forest-based which continues today. The road operates about 8 miles between Cloquet and Warren. It was owned by Pinsly between 2010 and 2014 before the system was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming.
Related Reading You May Enjoy
Arkansas Railroad Jobs