Pine Bluff Downtown Development
The Big Engine That Could… and Did
Pine Bluff’s first rail service began in 1873 with the Little Rock, Pine Bluff and New Orleans Railroad. Later, during the Great Depression, the Cotton Belt Railroad wanted to add to its 800 series of locomotives, and ten of the twenty were constructed in Pine Bluff. Once more efficient diesel engines came into use, the Cotton Belt decided to retire its steam engines and all were scrapped except the last of the series. Old 819 was presented to the City of Pine Bluff and displayed in a local park for years until it was restored. Engine 819 can now be seen at the Arkansas Railway Museum. This mural is no longer standing due to the loss of its host wall.