RAILROAD HISTORY OF LINES LOCATED IN MISSISSIPPI
WITH SOME INFORMATION ON LINES IN
KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, ALABAMA, AND LOUISIANA

SOURCES:

* by date indicates exact date unknown but occurred by this date

DATE CITIES INFORMATION
1831 Woodville/Bayou Sara, LA West Feliciana RR chartered
1831 Clinton/Vicksburg Clinton & Vicksburg RR incorporated
1833 Clinton, LA/Port Hudson Clinton & Port Hudson RR chartered
1833 Clinton/Vicksburg Construction begins on Clinton & Vicksburg
1833 Grand Gulf/Port Gibson Grand Gulf RR chartered
1834 Natchez/Canton Mississippi Railroad organized
1835 New Orleans/Nashville New Orleans & Nashville RR chartered
1835 St Francisville, LA West Feliciana RR begins operation near St. Francisville using mule power
1836 St Francisville, LA West Feliciana RR begins steam operation with engine "Woodville"
1836 Natchez/Canton Mississippi Railroad chartered (Some sources report this railroad to be known as the Natchez & Hamburg Railroad)
1836 Raymond/Bolton Raymond Railroad incorporated
1836 Jackson/Brandon Jackson & Brandon Railroad & Bridge Company organized
1836 Natchez Steam engine "Mississippi" arrives in Natchez by steamboat. First steam locomotive in state.
1837 New Orleans, LA New Orleans & Nashville fails after 18 miles of track built from New Orleans
1837 Natchez Mississippi RR built two miles and engine "Mississippi" begins operating on line
1839 Natchez/Washington Mississippi RR reaches Washington
1839 Natchez Mississippi RR reaches 25 miles from Natchez
1839 Raymond/Bolton Raymond Railroad completed
1840 New Orleans, LA Wooden rails of NO&N removed for firewood
1840 Natchez/Canton Mississippi Railroad building
1840 Vicksburg/Jackson Vicksburg & Clinton, now known as Vicksburg & Jackson is completed
1840 Brandon/Montgomery Mississippi & Alabama RR proposed
1841 Canton/Jackson Charter issued for a railroad to connect two towns
1842 St Francisville, LA/Woodville West Feliciana RR completed
1844 Natchez Mississippi RR abandoned and sold. Sale includes engine "Mississippi"
1846 Canton/Jackson Railroad never started & loses charter
1846 Grenada/Memphis Mississippi & Tennessee RR chartered
1846 Brandon/Meridian Southern Railroad Co organized, no track ever built
1846 Meridian/Montgomery Mississippi & Alabama railroad being built
1850 Jackson/Brandon Jackson & Brandon Railroad & Bridge Company completed
1850 Mobile Mobile & Ohio RR chartered in Mississippi
1850 Biloxi/Jackson Gulf & Ship Island RR chartered
1850 Brandon/Meridian Southern Railroad Co. chartered to build railroad proposed by former railroad of same name
1851 Illinois Illinois Central Railroad incorporated
1851 New Orleans, LA/Jackson Jackson Road proposed & surveyed
1852 Vicksburg/Shreveport, LA Vicksburg, Shreveport, and Texas Railroad incorporated
1852 Jackson/Brandon Southern Railroad acquires Jackson & Brandon Railroad & Bridge Company
1852 Canton/Jackson Canton & Jackson RR starts building
1852 New Orleans/Canton New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern RR organized. Canton & Jackson made a part of NO, J & GN.
1852 Canton/Grand Jct, TN Mississippi Central RR organized
1852 Grand Jct., TN/Bolivar, TN La Grange & Bolivar RR chartered to build railroad from Mississippi Central to Bolivar TN via La Grange
1852 Grand Jct., TN/Cairo, IL Mississippi Central & Tennessee RR incorporated to extend Mississippi Central to Cairo & Paducah. Charter includes La Grange & Bolivar RR
1852 Canton/Aberdeen Canton, Kosciusko, Aberdeen & Tuscumbia RR chartered
1852 Paducah, KY/Rives, TN New Orleans & Ohio RR incorporated to connect Paducah, KY to Illinois Central and Mobile & Ohio Railroads
1853 Grand Jct., TN Citizens of La Grange do not want two railroads. Crossing of Mississippi Central and Memphis & Charleston moved three miles east to Mississippi Jct, later called Grand Jct
1853 Holly Springs Mississippi Central begins construction
1853 Canton/Grand Jct., TN Crews begin work on Mississippi Central
1854 New Orleans, LA/Jackson New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern starts building in New Orleans
1854 Paducah, KY/Mayfield New Orleans & Ohio operating for 23 miles. Paducah shops builds first locomotive
1854 Memphis, TN/Grenada Mississippi & Tennessee RR begins construction from Memphis
1855 Memphis, TN/Charleston Memphis & Charleston RR in operation thru Grand Jct
1856 Biloxi/Canton Northern terminus of Gulf & Ship Island RR selected as Canton via Brandon
1856 Memphis/Hernando Mississippi & Tennessee RR reaches Hernando
1856 New Orleans, TN/Norfield NO J & GN built to Bogue Chitto River valley
1856 Canton/Jackson June 1, 1856 railroad completed between Jackson & Canton
1857 Memphis, TN/Sardis Mississippi & Tennessee reaches Sardis
1858 New Orleans, LA/Canton March 31, 1858 New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern completed between New Orleans & Canton with special ceremony near Hazlehurst
1858 Canton/Jackson, TN Mississippi Central completed between Grand Jct & Jackson, TN on May 12, 1858
1858 Jackson/Morton Southern Railroad completed between Jackson and Morton
1858 Jackson, TN/Columbus, KY Mobile & Ohio Railroad completed in Nov 1858
1858 Memphis, TN/Cairo, IL Mississippi River RR formed
1859 Canton/Cairo, IL Mississippi Central & Tennessee RR consolidated under Mississippi Central RR
1860 Canton/Grand Jct., TN Jan 31, 1860 Mississippi Central finished south of Winona at noon
1860 Paducah, KY/Fulton, TN New Orleans & Ohio reaches Kentucky/Tennessee Line. Connection made with Mississippi Central and new town named Fulton
1861 Paducah, KY/Rives, TN New Orleans & Ohio connects with Mobile & Ohio RR at Troy (Now Rives), TN.
1861 Memphis, TN/Grenada Mississippi & Tennessee connects with Mississippi Central at Grenada
1861 Jackson/Meridian Southern Railroad completed between Jackson and Meridian
1861 Vicksburg/Shreveport, LA Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas completed
1862 Shreveport, LA/Texas Texas Portion of Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas west of Shreveport leased to Southern Pacific Railroad of Texas and later Texas & Pacific Railway
1867 Elizabethtown, KY/Paducah, KY Elizabethtown & Paducah RR chartered
1868 Vicksburg Engine "Mississippi" which is being used as a switcher in Vicksburg is carried away by a flood and buried under a mass of debris.
1868 Vicksburg/Shreveport, LA Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas Railroad sold at bankruptcy and becomes North Louisiana & Texas Railroad
1869 Paducah, KY/Rives, TN Paducah & Gulf RR formed as successor of New Orleans & Ohio RR
1869 Paducah, KY/Memphis, TN Paducah & Memphis RR organized.
1870 Greenville/Rolling Fork Greenville, Deer Creek & Rolling Fork RR chartered.
1870 Memphis, TN/Vicksburg Memphis & Vicksburg RR chartered
1870 Jonestown/Trotters Point Mobile & Northwestern RR chartered to build line thru delta to Mississippi River
1870 Natchez/Jackson Natchez & Jackson RR chartered and starts building
1871 New Orleans, LA/Meridian New Orleans & North Eastern Railroad chartered
1871 Vicksburg/Biloxi Vicksburg, Pensacola & Ship Island RR chartered
1872 Memphis, TN/Paducah, KY Paducah & Memphis absorbs Paducah & Gulf RR and Mississippi River RR
1872 Baton Rouge, LA/Vicksburg New Orleans, Baton Rouge & Vicksburg RR chartered
1872 Vicksburg/Goodrum Vicksburg, Pensacola & Ship Island RR completed 11 miles from Vicksburg to Goodrum
1872 Natchez/Jackson Natchez & Jackson RR changed to Natchez, Jackson & Columbus RR in July and completed on Oct 6, 1882
1872 Clinton, LA/Port Hickey, LA Clinton & Port Hudson RR extended to Port Hickey
1872 Elizabethtown/Paducah, KY Elizabethtown & Paducah RR begins operation
1873 Cairo, IL/Jackson, TN Illinois Central railroad completed December 1873
1874 Canton/Aberdeen Canton, Kosciusko, Aberdeen & Tuscumbia RR reorganized as New Orleans, St Louis & Chicago RR
1874 Cecilia/Louisville, KY Cecilia branch of Elizabethtown & Paducah RR opens
1874 Ripley/Middleton, TN Ripley Railroad built
1875 New Orleans, LA/Cairo, IL Mississippi Central and New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern forced into receivership. Illinois Central RR as principal bondholder forms Chicago, St Louis & New Orleans RR to operate both lines.
1875 Vicksburg/Shreveport, LA North Louisiana & Texas Railroad acquisition ruled illegal and courts take over railroad
1876 Elizabethtown/Paducah, KY Elizabethtown & Paducah RR sold under foreclosure and reorganized as Paducah & Elizabethtown RR
1877   Meridian/Chattanooga, TN   Alabama Great Southern Railroad incorporated as successor to Alabama & Chattanooga Railroad
1878 Memphis, TN/Paducah, KY Memphis, Paducah & Northern railroad chartered and takes over bankrupt Paducah & Memphis
1878 New Orleans, LA/Cairo, IL Illinois Central gains full control of Chicago, St Louis & New Orleans RR
1878 Greenville/Stoneville Greenville, Columbus & Birmingham RR begins operation
1878 Hartman/East Lincoln Chamberlain - Gage Tramroad begins construction from Cedar Hill Switch
1879 Vicksburg/Shreveport, LA Old North Louisiana & Texas Railroad emerges as Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific Railroad
1880 Derby/Little Springs Moreton & Helms Lumber Co. Railroad begins construction
1880 Jackson Natchez, Jackson & Columbus known as Little J and New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern known as Big J
1880 Bogue Chitto/Wellman Wesson & Persons Lumber Co Railroad started. Later known as Wesson & Money Lumber Co.
1880 Baton Rouge/Vicksburg Vicksburg, Pensacola & Ship Island RR reorganized as Mississippi Valley & Ship Island and extended to Ingleside, 24 miles from Vicksburg
1881 Vicksburg/Meridian Southern Railroad reorganizes under name of Vicksburg & Meridian Railroad
1881 Hattiesburg Captain William Hardy selects site for Gulf & Ship Island RR to cross his railroad (New Orleans & Northeastern RR) and names site for his wife Hattie
1881 Greenville/Johnsonville Greenville, Columbus & Birmingham RR becomes Georgia Pacific Railroad
1881 Brookhaven Hamilton & Hoskins RR starts construction. Engine "Mississippi' is exhumed from flood debris in Vicksburg and operates on H & H RR
1881 Paducah, KY/Memphis, TN Paducah & Elizabethtown RR and Paducah & Memphis RR consolidated into Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern RR
1881 Cairo, IL/New Orleans, LA All rail on Illinois Central lines charged to standard gauge on July 29, 1881
1881 Fernwood/Tylertown Fernwood Lumber Company begins construction of railroad
1881 Memphis, TN Tennessee Southern RR organized to build from Memphis to Mississippi Line.
1881* Grand Gulf/Port Gibson Sometime between 1840 & 1881 the Grand Gulf railroad becomes the Grand Gulf & Port Gibson RR
1881 New Orleans, LA/Vicksburg New Orleans & Mississippi Valley RR chartered
1881 Vicksburg/Texas Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific becomes part of Queen and Crescent Route after being acquired by owners of Alabama, New Orleans, Texas & Pacific Junction Railways Company Ltd
1881 New Orleans, LA/Meridian New Orleans & North Eastern Railroad control acquired by Alabama, New Orleans, Texas & Pacific Junction Railways and construction actually started
1881 Norfield J M Wesson, Sr tramroad begins construction
1882 Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans Railroad leased to the Illinois Central Railroad for 400 years beginning July 1, 1882.
1882 Biloxi/Jackson Gulf & Ship Island Railroad chartered to build railroad along proposed route of former railroad of same name
1882 New Orleans, LA/Memphis, TN  New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg & Memphis RR chartered
1882 Jackson/Yazoo City Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR incorporated. Railroad is an arm of Illinois Central RR
1882 Kosciusko/Aberdeen Canton, Aberdeen & Nashville formed by Illinois Central to build line from Kosciusko to Aberdeen over portions of old New Orleans, St Louis & Chicago RR route
1882 Durant/Lexington West & East RR built between Durant & Lexington
1883 Brookhaven Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez RR formed and absorbs Hamilton & Hoskins RR. Engine "Mississippi" included.
1884 Jackson/Yazoo City Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completed
1884 Lamont/Leland Memphis & New Orleans RR and Land Co completes line between Lamont and Leland
1884 Metcalfe/Greenville Memphis & New Orleans RR and Land Co completes line between Metcalfe and Greenville
1884 New Orleans, LA/Memphis, TN Tennessee Southern RR, Mississippi Valley & Ship Island RR, Memphis & Vicksburg RR, Grand Gulf & Port Gibson RR, New Orleans & Mississippi Valley RR, New Orleans Baton Rouge Vicksburg & Memphis RR are all consolidated as the Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR
1884 Memphis, TN/New Orleans, LA Track work completed on route via Vicksburg
1884 Norfield J M Wesson, Sr tramroad ceases operation
1886 Johnston Station B E Brister Lumber Co railroad begins construction
1886 Bogue Chitto/Wellman Keystone Lumber & Improvement Co purchases Wesson & Money Lumber Co RR
1886 Jackson/Gulfport Construction starts on Gulf & Ship Island RR
1886 Yazoo City/Parsons Yazoo & Miss. Valley extended north from Yazoo City
1886 Thayer/Enterprise Norwood & Butterfield Lumber Co railroad begins operation at Suttons Switch
1886 Lexington/Tchula West & East RR extended from Lexington to Tchula
1886 Packton/Concordia Louisiana Midland RR completed between Packton, LA and Concordia, LA
1886 Norfield/Ruth I W Tyler & Co. Railroad begins construction from Wesson Switch (also known as Vanzant's switch). Later known as Norfield. Company would later be known as M L Tyler & Co
1886 Memphis, TN/Grenada Mississippi & Tennessee purchased by Illinois Central
1887 Hartman/Zetus Hartman Lumber Co railroad begins construction
1887 Memphis, TN/Birmingham, AL Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham Railroad incorporated
1887 Greenville/Columbus Georgia Pacific RR completes line between Greenville and Columbus
1888* Mobile, AL/New Orleans, LA Sometime prior to 1888 the Louisville & Nashville RR completes its line across the Mississippi coast
1888* Corinth/Iuka East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia RR in operation
1888* Meridian/York, AL East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia RR in operation via Lauderdale
1888 Greenville/Columbus Georgia Pacific RR leased by Richmond & Danville RR
1888 St Francisville, LA/Woodville West Feliciana RR purchased by Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR
1888 Rosedale/Lamont Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR completes line between Rosedale and Lamont
1888 Brookhaven Illinois Central obtains Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez including engine "Mississippi"
1888 Ripley/Pontotoc Ship Island, Ripley & Kentucky RR completed to Pontotoc. SI, R & K absorbs Ripley RR.
1888 Slaughter/Bayou Sara, LA Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR completes line between Slaughter and Bayou Sara
1888 Gulfport/McHenry Gulf & Ship Island completed to McHenry
1889* Columbus/Tennessee Columbus, Memphis., & Pennsylvania RR chartered (line apparently never built but some of planned right of way used south of Fulton by various railroads
1889 Vicksburg/Meridian Vicksburg & Meridian sold to owners of Queen & Crescent and reorganized as Alabama & Vicksburg Railway
1889 Helena, AR/Trotters Point Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR completes line between Helena, Ark and Trotters Point
1889 Johnston Station Alvah Richardson Lumber co railroad begins construction
1889 Clinton, LA/Port Hickey, LA Clinton & Port Hudson RR purchased by Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR
1889 Atlanta, GA/Greenville Georgia Pacific Railway main line completed between Atlanta, GA and Greenville, MS
1889 Clinton, LA/Port Hickey, LA Clinton & Port Hudson abandoned between Ethel and Port Hickey
1890 Ripley/Pontotoc Ship Island, Ripley & Kentucky RR emerges from bankruptcy as Gulf & Chicago RR
1890 Clarksdale/Minter City Louisville, New Orleans & Texas RR completes line between Clarksdale and Minter City
1890 Fair Oak Springs East Union Mills railroad begins construction
1890 Natchez/Jackson Natchez, Jackson & Columbus RR purchased by Louisville, New Orleans & Texas
1890 Thayer/Enterprise Norwood & Butterfield railroad ceases operation and equipment moved to company operations at Norfield
1890 Norfield/Ruth Norwood & Butterfield Co. buys M L Tyler & Co railroad
1891 Hartman/East Lincoln Chamberlain - Gage tramroad ceases operation
1891   Itta Bena/Webb   Southern Railway in Mississippi completes line between Itta Bena and Webb
1891 Norfield/Ruth Norwood & Butterfield Co. Railroad is named Brookhaven, Columbia & Mobile Railroad
1892 Norfield/Ruth Brookhaven, Columbia, & Mobile RR name changed to Natchez & Atlantic RR
1892 New Orleans, LA/Memphis, TN Illinois Central acquires Louisville, New Orleans & Texas and places it under Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1892 Norfield/Oakvale Natchez & Atlantic RR name changed to Natchez, Columbia & Mobile RR
1893 Johnston Station B E Brister Lumber Co railroad ceases operation. Equipment moved to Bogue Chitto for companies operation on Bogue Chitto, Liberty & Southwestern
1893 Chicago, IL Engine "Mississippi" restored and displayed at Columbian Exposition (Worlds Fair)
1893 Bogue Chitto/Liberty Bogue Chitto, Liberty, & Southwestern RR begins construction.
1894 Greenville/Atlanta, GA Georgia Pacific (Richmond & Danville) RR reorganized as Southern Railway in Mississippi.
1895 Fair Oak Springs East Union Mills railroad ceases operation
1895   Ruleville/Moorhead   Yazoo Delta Railroad (Yellow Dog) chartered and begins construction
1895 Johnston Station/Johnston Chapel Mississippi Lumber Co. acquires Alvah Richardson Lumber Co railroad
1896 Hattiesburg/Sumrall Pearl & Leaf River RR chartered (Hattiesburg & Columbia via Sumrall?)
1896 Louisville, KY/Memphis, TN Chesapeake, Ohio & Southwestern RR purchased by Illinois Central RR
1897 Ruleville/Moorhead Yazoo Delta Railway purchased by Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1898* Corinth/Iuka East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia RR now known as Memphis & Charleston RR
1898* Pascagoula/Moss Point Moss Point & Pascagoula RR in operation
1898 Mobile, AL/Lucedale  Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City complete from Mobile to Lucedale
1898* Maxie/Lumberton Columbus, Lumberton & Gulf RR completed
1898* Laurel Laurel & Northeastern (also shown as Northwestern) RR in operation
1898* Buckatunna/Mulberry Chickawasaha & Jackson RR in operation
1898 Greenwood/Grenada Yazoo & Mississippi Valley line from Greenwood to Parsons is in operation.
1898 Shreveport, LA/Texas Texas portion of North Louisiana & Texas west of Shreveport leased to Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway
1898* Memphis, TN/Birmingham, AL Kansas City, Memphis & Birmingham RR in operation thru Mississippi
1899 Laurel/Leaf River Tallahoma & Western RR acquired by Gulf & Ship Island
1899 Tutwiler/Ruleville Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Tutwiler and Ruleville
1899 Moorhead/Isola Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Moorhead and Isola
1899 Phillip/Greenwood Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Phillip and Greenwood
1900 Greenwood/Grenada Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Greenwood and Grenada
1900 Laurel/Saratoga Gulf & Ship Island extends old Tallahoma & Western to Saratoga
1900 Isola/Belzoni Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Isola and Belzoni
1900 Gulfport/Jackson Gulf & Ship Island completed from Gulfport to Jackson
1900 Brookhaven/Monticello Pearl River Lumber Co. RR begins building
1900 Johnston Station Mississippi Lumber Co railroad ceases operation
1901 Webb/Parchman The Sunflower & Eastern Railway incorporated
1901 Black Bayou/Phillip Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Phillip and Black Bayou
1901 Lake Cormorant/Tutwiler Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Lake Cormorant and Tutwiler
1901 Yazoo City/Belzoni Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Yazoo City and Belzoni
1902 Hartman/Zetus Hartman Lumber Co. RR ceases operation
1903 Brookhaven/Monticello Illinois Central purchases Pearl River Lumber Co. RR
1903 Mendenhall/Columbia Gulf & Ship Island begins construction southward from Mendenhall
1903 Bogue Chitto/E Lincoln Keystone Lumber & Improvement Co RR ceases operation. Equipment sold to Liberty White RR
1903 Hopkinsville, KY/Nashville, TN Tennessee Central Railway completed between Hopkinsville, KY and Nashville, TN
1903 Gulfport/Handsboro G&SI line abandoned.
1903 Winnfield, LA/Monroe, LA Tremont & Gulf Railway completed between Winnfield, LA and Monroe
1903 McComb/Liberty Liberty White Railroad building from McComb to Liberty
1904 Brookhaven/Monticello Pearl River Lumber Co. Line becomes Brookhaven & Pearl River RR
1904 Brookhaven/Monticello Brookhaven & Pearl River RR finished
1904 Minter City/Dockery Minter City Southern & Western Railroad incorporated
1904 Helm/Jacob Helm & Northwestern Railroad incorporated
1904 Lambert/Brazil Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Lambert and Brazil
1904 Southern Railway in Mississippi charters a new railroad company called the Delta Southern to build branches between Greenwood and Greenville
1905 Hattiesburg/Silver Creek Pearl & Leaf River RR reorganized as Mississippi Central RR
1905 Silver City/Holly Bluff Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR completes line between Silver City and Holly Bluff
1905 Webb/Parchman The Sunflower & Eastern Railway is leased to the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1905 Slidell, LA/Jackson New Orleans Great Northern RR chartered
1906 Mendenhall/Columbia Gulf & Ship Island completed between Mendenhall & Columbia
1906 Hattiesburg/Brookhaven Mississippi Central RR completed between Hattiesburg & Brookhaven
1906 Brookhaven/Natchez Natchez & Eastern chartered
1906 Wesson/Little Bahala Cook - Grafton Lumber Co railroad begins construction
1906 Memphis, LA/Lakeview Memphis & State Line RR completes line between West Jct and Lakeview
1906 Fernwood/Columbia Fernwood Lumber Co incorporates its railroad as Fernwood & Gulf RR
1906 Perry, TN/Frogmoor, TN Jackson & South Eastern RR completes line between Perry, TN and Frogmoor
1906 Stoneville/Richey Delta Southern completes extension of Percy branch
1906 Itta Bena/Belzoni Delta Southern completes branch line
1906 Corinth/Haleyville, AL Mississippi & Alabama RR completes line between Corinth and Haleyville, AL
1907 Elizabeth/Kergs Mill Delta Southern completes branch line
1907 Corinth/Haleyville, AL Mississippi & Alabama RR becomes Alabama Western RR
1907 Thomas Jct/Birmingham, AL Alabama Western RR completes line to Birmingham
1907 Helm/Jacob Helm & Northwestern RR is leased to Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1907 Derby/Little Springs Moreton & Helms Lumber Co. Railroad ceases operation
1908 Natchez/Brookhaven Natchez & Eastern completed
1908 Baton Rouge, LA/Covington, LA Baton Rouge, Hammond & Eastern RR completed between Baton Rouge and Covington
1908 Celco/Quentin Central Lumber Co railroad construction begins
1909 New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago Railroad incorporated as successor to Mobile, Jackson & Kansas City Railroad and Gulf & Chicago Railway
1909* Liberty/Irene Liberty White RR in operation
1909* McComb/Gillsburg J J White RR in operation
1909* Quitman/Pine Ridge Mississippi Eastern in operation
1909* Meridian/York, AL East Tenn, Va & Ga abandoned by 1909
1909* Pascagoula/Lucedale Moss Pt & Pascagoula now known as Pascagoula & Northeastern RR
1909* Leakesville Alabama & Mississippi RR in operation from Alabama to Jonathan
1909* Meehan Jct/Duffee Tallahatta RR in operation
1909* Leland/Estill Leland & Southwestern RR in operation
1909* Buckatunna C & O RR in operation (not same line as one to Clara)
1909 Meadville Morgansfork Lumber Co railroad begins construction
1909 Natchez/Brookhaven Mississippi Central RR absorbs Natchez & Eastern RR
1910 Batesville/Crowder Batesville Southwestern RR incorporated and leased to Illinois Central RR
1911 Minter City/Dockery Minter City Southern & Western Railroad leased to Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1911 Meridian/Union Meridian & Memphis Railway incorporated
1913 Meridian/Union Meridian & Memphis Railway completed
1913 Wesson/Little Bahala Cook - Grafton Lumber Co railroad ceases operation
1913 Meadville Morgansfork Lumber Co railroad dismantled and moved to Sontag
1913 Sontag/Tryus Morgansfork Lumber Co railroad begins construction
1914 Bogue Chitto/Liberty Bogue Chitto, Liberty & Southwestern RR sold to Central Lumber Co
1915 Lucien/Lick Creek Central Lumber Co railroad begins construction
1915 New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago Railroad sold under foreclosure to GM&N
1916 Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad incorporated
1916 New Orleans, LA/Meridian Control of New Orleans & North Eastern RR acquired by Southern Railway
1916 Sontag/Tryus Morgansfork Lumber Co railroad ceases operation
1916 Quentin/McBride Central Lumber Co begins construction
1917 Hattiesburg/Tallahala Tallahala Lumber Co completes railroad. Line is operated by Mississippi Central RR
1917 Hattiesburg/Pines Mississippi Central RR completes line southeastward to Pines
1918 Meridian/Union Gulf, Mobile & Northern RR acquires control of Meridian & Memphis Railway
1919 Bogue Chitto/Liberty Central Lumber Co. closes Bogue Chitto line and moves equipment to Lucien
1919* Leakesville/Lucedale Alabama & Mississippi RR extended to Lucedale
1919* McComb/Tylertown Railroad in operation (probably owned by J J White)
1919* Buckatunna/Clara Chickawasaha & Jackson RR now known as C & N W RR
1919* Meehan Jct/Duffee Tallahatta RR abandoned by 1919
1919* Sebastopol/Union Jackson & Eastern RR in operation
1919* Pascagoula/Lucedale Pascagoula & Northeastern RR now known as Pascagoula, Moss Point & Northern RR
1919* Meridian/Union Meridian & Memphis RR in operation
1919* Okolona/Calhoun City Okolona, Houston & Calhoun City RR in operation
1919* Sardis/Bobo Sardis & Delta RR in operation
1920 Celco/Quentin Central Lumber Co operations on Celco lines cease
1920 Greenville/Columbus Southern Railway sells trackage west of Columbus sold to new company called Columbus & Greenville RR
1920 Fernwood/Columbia Fernwood & Gulf RR renamed Fernwood, Columbia and Gulf RR
1921 Lucien/Lick Creek Central Lumber Co. operations on Lucien line cease
1921 Beaumont/Hattiesburg Gulf, Mobile and Northern line between Hattiesburg and Beaumont leased by Mississippi Central
1921 Amory/Fulton Mississippian RR organized
1923 Greenville/Columbus Columbus & Greenville Railroad becomes the Columbus & Greenville Railway
1925 Mendenhall/Maxie Gulf & Ship Island RR in operation
1925 Amory/Fulton Mississippian RR completed
1925 Gulfport/Jackson Gulf & Ship Island purchased by Illinois Central
1925 Beaumont/Hattiesburg Tatum Lumber Co buys Gulf, Mobile and Northern line between Hattiesburg and Beaumont and operates it as the Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern RR
1926 Vicksburg/Meridian Alabama & Vicksburg purchased by Illinois Central and placed under Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1926 Vicksburg/Shreveport, LA Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific purchased by Illinois Central and placed under Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR
1927 Baltimore, MD Engine "Mississippi" displayed at Fair of the Iron Horse
1928 Lumberton/Kiln Mississippi Southern RR in operation
1928 Wolf River/Savannah Denkmann Lumber Co RR begins construction
1928 Brookhaven/Monticello Brookhaven & Pearl River RR abandoned
1929* DeKalb/Sucarnoochee DeKalb & Western in operation
1929* Canton/Burnside Canton & Carthage RR in operation (name unsure)
1929* Ratliff/Pelahatchie Canton & Carthage RR in operation (name unsure)
1929* Bruce Jct/Bruce Mississippi & Skuna Valley RR in operation
1929* Kosciusko/Zama Kosciusko & Southeastern RR in operation
1930 Vicksburg/Delta Point Warren County Bridge Commission completes bridge over Mississippi River at Vicksburg
1931 Greenwood/Grenada Yazoo & Mississippi Valley RR between Greenwood & Grenada still in service
1932 Wolf River/Savannah Denkmann Lumber Co RR ceases operation
1933 Norfield/Oakvale Natchez, Columbia, & Mobile RR ceases operation. All equipment moved to Denkmann Lumber Co railroad at Canton
1936 Okolona/Calhoun City Okolona, Houston & Calhoun City RR abandoned
1938 Batesville/Crowder Batesville Southwestern RR still in operation
1940 Brookhaven Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez RR abandoned
1942 Camp Shelby Abandoned Mississippi Central branch line reopened between Hattiesburg and Camp Shelby
1945* Swiftwater/Riverside Jct. Y&MV Riverside District abandoned.
1946* Pascagoula/Lucedale Pascagoula, Moss Point & Northern RR now known as Mississippi Export RR
1948 Chicago, IL Engine "Mississippi" displayed at Chicago Railroad Fair
1952 Quentin/McBride Central Lumber ceases operation
1955 Chicago, IL Engine "Mississippi" permanently displayed at Museum of Science and Industry
1961 Phillip/Charleston Last train runs on Charleston to Phillip Branch of the Y&MV.
1967 Valley/Redwood Illinois Central RR builds line between Valley & Redwood
1981 Kosciusko/Ackerman Last train runs on portion of Aberdeen District between Kosciusko & Ackerman
1981 Ackerman/Woodland Illinois Central Gulf abandons former GM&O line.
1981 McIntyre/Trinity Golden Triangle Railroad built
1982 Coffeeville/Oxford Illinois Central Gulf abandons former main line
1983 Augusta Old Augusta Railroad built
1997 Hattiesburg/Varnado Illinois Central abandons portion of old Mississippi Central line
1998 Aberdeen Jct/Kosciusko State of Mississippi acquires old IC line and leases it to Kosciusko & Southwestern
1998 Middleton, TN/Houston Mississippi-Tennessee formed to operate former GM&O line
1999 Cleveland/Hollandale Columbus & Greenville abandons old Yazoo & Mississippi Valley line.
1999 Iuka Tishomingo Railroad formed to operate 10 miles of track to Tri-State Commerce Park
2000 Meridian/Waynesboro Meridian Southern formed to operate former GM&O line
2001 Swan Lake/Jonestown Gulf & Ohio forms Mississippi Delta to operate line owned by Coahoma County
2001 Swan Lake/Jonestown Gulf & Ohio returns former Yazoo & Mississippi Valley trackage to Coahoma County
2001 Natchez Illinois Central abandons remaining portions of Jackson-Natchez line.
2001 Corinth/Fulton, KY West Tennessee railroad acquires line from Norfolk Southern
2003 Columbus/Alabama Alabama Gulf Coast acquires former Frisco line south from Columbus
2004 New Albany/Houston Mississippi-Tennessee abandons former GM&O line
2005 Bay Springs/Newton Watco leases KCS line and names it Mississippi Southern
2005 Vicksburg/Redwood Watco leases KCS line and names it Vicksburg Southern
2005 Columbus/Tuscaloosa, AL Watco leases KCS line and names it Alabama Southern
2005 Hattiesburg Remaining portion of Mississippi Central abandoned and removed
2005 Brookhaven Remaining portion of Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez abandoned and removed
2005 Flowood Canadian National abandons remaining GM&O main line
2005 Newton/Bay Springs Mississippi Southern (WATCO) formed to operate KCS line.
2006 Canton Remaining portion of Canton and Carthage abandoned
2006 Ferguson/Silver Creek Portion of Mississippi Central abandoned
2006 Greenwood Columbus & Greenville builds bypass south of town and abandons track in town
2006 Middleton, TN/Ripley Mississippi-Tennessee abandons part of old GM&O
2006 Redwood/Vicksburg Vicksburg Southern (WATCO) formed to operate KCS line in Vicksburg area
2006 Tuscaloosa, AL/Columbus Alabama Southern (WATCO) formed to operate KCS line between Tuscaloosa & Artesia
2007 Greenville Columbus & Greenville removes air base spur
2007 West Point Kansas City Southern acquires Columbus & Greenville tracks between MP 17 & 19.
2008 Columbus Columbus & Greenville abandons between MP 1.5 and 3 on former main line.
2008 WV Jct/Coffeeville Canadian National ceases operation on former Illinois Central line
2008 Bruce Jct/Bruce Mississippi & Skuna Valley forced to cease operation after Canadian National stops operation on connecting line
2008 Grenada Canadian National abandons remaining portion of Greenwood to Grenada line.
2008 Vicksburg Kansas City Southern abandons remaining portion of old Yazoo & Mississippi Valley south of town.

 RAILROAD LINES WITH INCOMPLETE INFORMATION

date unknown prior to 1930   Nicholson/Cybur   C G & NW (possible C & NW) railroad in operation
    New Orleans to Baton Rouge & Woodville   New Orleans & Northwestern
        Boyle & Sunflower River
        Mississippi Central Valley
    Lindsay (Bayland)   Bayou Land & Lumber Co. RR
        New Orleans, Mobile & Texas RR (gulf coast)
        Vicksburg & Nashville (Chickasaw/Calhoun counties 1873-4)
1872       Selma, Marion & Memphis RR
        Alabama Central (Lauderdale County)

December 13, 2008