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Back to Bogalousa, Sandy Hook, Thomas and Then There Was the Rain
Rain threatened, forecasters apologized, children cried and my wife grinned saying, " have a good ride". Well it was until the last and because it was the last it didn't matter. I was done and the flame was out. I have never been so wet. Rain, wind and lightning plus near zero visibility made for a grand crescendo. But grander was the ride, one of the best in quite a while. I guess the last great one was catching the Bogalusa train above Morgantown and chasing it home to Bogalusa. That memory was in play as I headed east down La.10 into Washington Parish.
This one will have maps.
I started off from the left on wonderful La.10.
It has a brand new surface and is a thing of beauty between Arcola and Franklinton.
"Early Morning" is the ticket.
After negotiating a tiny bit of Franklinton I dove south into the Bogue Chitto Valley to Enon.
This road roughly follows the right of way of the old GNO railroad and priors to Rio or R-10,
At Enon I'd had enough La.16 nostalgia and decided to head up the country as heading up on a smaller, but still a great road was my desire.
Where you see "ona", which is really "Zona", once a stop on the train to Tylertown,
is where I saw "Dummyline Road".
"Dummyline" roads are built on the remains of old logging or mainline railroad routes.
For a railroading and old logging mill enthusiast they are a treat where the imagination
can be leveraged to the extreme.
The GPS tracks are priceless in these reflective ride reports which are coins in my memory bank.
On the map you can see the abandoned GMO RR route just below Zona.
Above Zona was the dummy line. Did they connect?
Probably not because the mill tram railroads were mostly narrow gauge and the mainline RR's
were standard. But, was there a transfer facility at the possible projected intersection?
That covers the west end of the dummy line.
Continuing northeast you see "Sanfords Camp".
Without a doubt that place was a logging camp.
At the intersection of Dummyline and La.1072, an excellent road, there was "Campfire".
I'd contend that it was also a camp.
Get your steam up, Here we go.
No normal mainline engines traversed these hills.
I would guess that the gear driven iron mules ran here.