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Bauxite and Northern Railway

Bauxite and Northern Railway
Reporting mark BXN
Locale Bauxite, Arkansas
Dates of operation 1906–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 3 miles (4.8 km)[1]
Website Official site

The Bauxite and Northern Railway (reporting mark BXN) is a Class III railroad operating in the United States state of Arkansas. BXN operates over 3 miles (4.8 km) of track in Bauxite, Arkansas. Traffic consists of largely of alumina, and the railroad hauls 4,059 carloads per year. In 2005, the railroad was purchased by holding company RailAmerica.[1] In December 2012, Genessee & Wyoming acquired the railroad in its acquisition of RailAmerica.

History

The Bauxite and Northern Railway was incorporated in Arkansas on November 13, 1906[2] and began operations in 1907,[1] for the purpose of constructing and operating a railroad from the town of Bauxite Saline County to a junction with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway. The BXN connected with the Rock Island at Bauxite, and connected with the Missouri Pacific at BN Junction. For the railroad's first 100 years, it was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America.

The connection for the old Rock Island is now gone, but the remnants are still visible, including a bridge over the Rock Island roadbed and local highway.

Current motive power are two EMD MP15DC locomotives, housed in a two-stall enginehouse just outside the Alcoa plant. Former power was an ALCO RS-3 diesel.

References

  • RailAmerica (September 9, 2005), RailAmerica Selected to Acquire Four Railroads from Alcoa; Additionally Announces Lease with CSX Transportation for the 48 Mile Fremont Branch. Retrieved September 13, 2005.
  • Interstate Commerce Commission Valuation Docket 525; 121 ICC 474.
  1. ^ a b c "RailAmerica's Empire". Trains Magazine (Kalmbach Publishing). June 2010. 
  2. ^ Arkansas. Office of the Secretary of State (1909). Report. p. 316. 
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