Delta Valley and Southern Railway

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Delta Valley and Southern Railway
Map of Delta Valley and Southern's active (red) and abandoned (pink) line
HeadquartersWilson, Arkansas
Reporting markDVS
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge

The Delta Valley and Southern Railway (reporting mark DVS) is a short-line railroad headquartered in Wilson, Arkansas.

DVS operates a two-mile line in Arkansas near Wilson with one switch engine.[citation needed]

The line is the former 18.1-mile (29.1 km) St. Louis-San Francisco Railway branch from Elkins to Deckerville. All but 2 miles (3.2 km) from Delpro to Elkins was abandoned in 1947.[citation needed]

As of 1996, the railroad operated from its enginehouse at the present end of the line to a connection with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) south of Wilson. The line served one cotton processing plant. Motive power was a GE 45-tonner side-rod locomotive, purchased new in May 1954, GE s/n 32129. The locomotive, DV&S 50, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The locomotive was housed in a single stall engine house built right over the main line of this short railroad, at the end of the line.[citation needed] However, that locomotive was sold in 2009.[1]

Corporate headquarters are located in the company town of Wilson, Arkansas.[2] The corporate office is on the south side of the central business district in Wilson.[citation needed]

Surviving equipment[edit]

No. 73 is a 2-6-0 “Mogul” built by Baldwin in 1916.[3] It has 19" cylinders and 49-1/2" driving wheels.[3] Numbered as 34 by the Jonesboro, Lake City and Eastern Railroad before that line was sold to the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway ("Frisco") in 1925, the locomotive was renumbered to 73 and kept by the Frisco until sold on September 19, 1945 to the Delta Valley and Southern.[3] It is preserved on the Lee Wesson Plantation in Victoria, Arkansas[4] under the Delta Valley & Southern Locomotive No. 73 name with no visible numbers on the cab or tender,[1] but with the original Frisco raccoon-skin-shaped number board and “73” on its nose.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Historic Trains of Arkansas—Locomotives and Railcars". Julie Kohl, Only in Arkansas, February 5, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Lewis, Edward A. (1996). American Shortline Railway Guide. Kalmbach. p. 102.
  3. ^ a b c d "New Frisco Survivor" (PDF). All Aboard, The Frisco Railroad Museum, January, 1990 (accessed on Retrieved October 23, 2020. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  4. ^ "Surviving Steam Locomotives in Arkansas". Retrieved October 23, 2020.