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Comment: Hardback. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Minor corner wear to dust jacket. No names, marks or highlighting. Northern Illinois University Press. 1997. First Edition.
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The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway: The Story of a Regional Line (Railroads in America) Hardcover – October 1, 1997

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"Well-written and a most enjoyable read."
Railroad History

"Enjoyable reading.... A long-overdue documentation of a railroad that has grown in importance."—Trains

"Fans of the L&A/KCS will find the book fascinating, as will those interested in southern railroading."—Railfan & Railroad


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Product Details

  • Series: Railroads in America
  • Hardcover: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875802192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875802190
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reggie Fields ( on July 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It's 1:15 in the morning and the lonely sound of a train horn sounding as it crosses through Addison, Texas about a mile from my home floats through the air. I've just finished James R. Fair's book "The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway: The Story of a Regional Line" (Northern Illinois University Press; 1997) and memories of my childhood are fresh in my mind.
Like myself, Fair's association with the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway began early in life. First encountering the line in his early teens, Fair had the opportunity to extensively research the history of one of the few railroads to remain profitable throughout its 100 year history. As Fair notes in his introduction, the history of the L&A is the story of three men and their second careers in railroading. It is also the story of the birth of three small railroads, their consolidation and the eventual purchase and absorption of the railroad by its corporate parent.
For a thorough history it is an easy! book to enjoy in an evening. Though it is the story of the railroads, the book gives insights into the development of the communities in the rural southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana region. William Edenborn, a wire and steel magnate, built a railroad from Shreveport to New Orleans starting in 1897. He later bought the railroad across east Texas from Jefferson to McKinney. William Buchanan, a timberman, built a railroad from his sawmill in Stamps, Arkansas south into the woodlands. His original L&A put my little hometown of Taylor, Arkansas on the map in 1895. Both men started their railroads late in life. They built their lines without shareholders or loans and ran them as personal businesses.
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