Acadiana Railway Company AKDN #590
Nature of Firm
AKDN operates freight service from Crowley, LA to a connection with UP at Eunice (21.6 miles) and then via trackage rights over the UP to Opelousas (20.9 miles). The company continues over its own line from Opelousas to Bunkie, LA (36.1 miles). Five miles of former SP switching track at Opelousas are operated. AKDN also leases Thibodeaux Industrial Lead from McCall, LA to Lula, LA (5 miles). Traffic includes agricultural products, edible oils and general freight.
The Eunice line was built by the New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railroad before 1900. The Eunice and Bunkie lines are former Missouri Pacific lines and were sold to the current owner in October 1990. Short line service started October 15, 1990. Thibodeaux Industrial Lead was leased and freight service started September 2000.