Texas & New Orleans

The charter was granted to a predecessor road in 1856. Construction began in 1858 and the name changed to Texas & New Orleans in 1859, with the intent of connecting Houston and New Orleans. Construction was completed between Houston and Orange, Texas in May 1862 (after the Confederate Government had advanced $15,000 in February). 

The route from Houston to New Orleans was a high priority one for the Confederate government and work to connect the two cities was pushed early in the war. It was dropped in the spring of 1862 with the capture of New Orleans. Even so, about 1,000 soldiers were assigned to protect and maintain the Texas & New Orleans. 

In order to keep the road operating, the Confederate Government advanced $208,000 in 8% Confederate bonds to the company, in exchange for a mortgage on the road and exclusive use of the road. Scheduled service was maintained until mid-1863 and sporadic service until early 1864. Despite the tradition that rails were removed to build fortifications, they were still on the beds in 1870 when the property was inspected as part of a court case.

Black's Number 100 (map) (map)
Track 111 miles of 5 foot 6 inch gauge 54-58# T-rail
Locomotives 4; 4 named
Cars 67
Stations 9
Officers Some
Employees
As reported to the State May 10, 1862
Certified May 13, 1862
Bridges 2
Significant Documents
NP, BB 1-8-61
NP, CC 1-8-61
NP, BB 1-8A-61
NP, DH 1-9-61
NP, GN 1-12-61
NP, HT 1-22-61
NP, HT 1-29-61
TX, T&NO 2-2-61
NP, GTN 2-5C-61
NP, HT 2-5B-61
NP, HT 2-5C-61
NP, HT 2-12D-61
NP, GN 3-5A-61
NP, GTN 3-5-61
NP, HT 3-5-61
NP, HT 3-12C-61
NP, GTN 3-19-61
NP, GN 4-6-61
NP, HT 4-9A-61
NP, DH 4-17B-61
TX, H&TC 4-20-61
NP, CC 5-10-61
NP, HT 5-29-61
NP, HT 5-29B-61
NP, DH 6-19-61
ORN Vol. 16, Page 829
NP, HT 7-17-61
NP, HT 8-7-61
NP, GN 8-20A-61
NP, CCT 8-31A-61
NA, T&NO 9-10-61
NA, RR 9-26-61
NP, GCGW 10-15-61
NA, QMR 11-6-61
NP, HT 11-6-61
NP, HT 11-27-61
OR Series 1, Vol. 4,  Page 158
NA, QMR 11-25A-61
NA, T&NO 12-25-61
NP, HT 1-1-62
NP, SG 2-15-62
NA, T&NO 2-21-62
NA, T&NO 2-21A-62
OR Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1073
OR Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1108
OR Series 4, Vol. 1, Page 1113
NA, DT 5-12-62
NA, T&NO 5-13-62
NA, DT 5-29-62
NP, HT 6-6-62
NP, HT 6-13-62
NA, T&NO 5-7-62
NP, SAN 7-14-62
NP, HT 7-21-62
NP, HT 9-12-62
OR Series 1, Vol. 15, Page 143
NA, ENG 11-1-62
NA, ENG 11-12A-62
NA, RRB 11-29A-62
NA, T&NO 12-5-62
NA, T&NO 12-5A-62
NA, DTNMA 12-9-62
NA, HT&T 12-18-62
NA, RR 12-20-62
NA, ENGR 1-25-63
NA, DTNMA 1-27-63
NA, ENG 1-29-63
NA, ENGR 2-6-63
NA, ENG 2-17-63
NA, ENG 2-17A-63
NA, ENG 2-20-63
NP, HT 2-25-63
NP, HT 4-3-63
NA, T&NO 4-9-63
NA, T&NO 4-9A-63
NA, T&NO 4-9B-63
NA, T&NO 4-25-63
NA, T&NO 4-27-63
NA, T&NO 4-27A-63
NA, DTM 5-18-63
NP, HT 5-18-63
NA, DTM 5-23-63
NA, ENG 6-17-63
NA, ENG 6-17D-63
NA, QMR 6-17-63
NA, DTM 6-23-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 101
NA, RRB 7-16-63
NA, RRB 7-30A-63
NA, T&NO 8-1-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 133
NP, HT 8-10-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 209
NA, TX 9-12-63
NA, G&HJ 9-21-63
NA, RRB 9-29A-63
NA, T&NO 9-20-63
NA, T&NO 9-27-63
NA, DT 10-2-63
NA, DT 10-2A-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 298
NA, DT 10-14A-63
NA, DT 10-14B-63
NA, DT 10-18-63
NA, T&NO 10-27-63
NA, DT 11-1-63
NP, HT 11-20-63
NA, RRB 11-23-63
NP, SG 11-23-63
NA, RRB 11-26-63
OR Series 1, Vol. 26, Part 2, Page 527
NA, T&NO 1-8-64
OR Series 1, Vol. 22, Part 2, Page 1128
NA, DT 3-11-64
NA, DT 3-12A-64
NA, DT 3-17-64
NA, RR 4-16-64
NA, RR 4-20-64
NA, DT 5-28-64
NA, DT 6-25-64
NA, RRB 6-14A-64
NA, RRB 8-29-64
NA, T&NO 8-30-64
NA, DT 2-4-65
NP, HT 2-22A-65
NP, GDN 2-23-65
NA, DT 3-2-65
NA, T&NO 4-24-65

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