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Mississippi

The Magnolia state is a variety of railroading from shortlines to bigtime Class 1's. I worked in the northeastern part of the state for a short period of time when the ATSF was courting the BN. It was great to catch a Santa Fe train running over the BN. My starting point was Amory, Mississippi where the BNSF has a nice size yard and there is just about always some power there. About ten miles south of there the KCS usually has some power in Aberdeen, Mississippi to switch the Vista Chemical plant on the edge of town. Trains travel surprisingly fast over the trackage in the area. The Columbus & Greenville home office is in Columbus, Mississippi and travels to the Mississippi town of Greenville on the banks of the Mississippi River. If you ask me where would I go to see trains I would have to say the Amory area. Other Mississippi railroad towns include Meridian (M&B, KCS and NS), Gulfport (KCS and CSX), Vicksburg (KCS). My favorite place is Amory, with the BNSF and KCS, C&G, NS nearby followed by Meridian, and then Vicksburg.


I worked on a project for Vista Chemical in Aberdeen, MS several years ago. This is almost a Norman Rockwell type town that I really loved. The old depot might be gone now because there was talk of tearing it down, but back on July 20, 1995 it was alive and well. The local, with one of the few MidSouth GP10's in the Operation Lifesaver paint scheme, had just tied down the engines for the night after switching poly hoppers all day at the Vista Chemical (PVC) plant.
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To quote a friend of mine from Columbus, MS - this is railroading "Redneck" style. The Columbus & Greenville employee is attaching the company's Massey Furgerson to the turntable in order to spin CF7 806 for the next assignment. This is a normal everyday routine, using a tractor to operate the turntable.
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A southbound NS-JB Hunt train waits for its crew in Meridian, MS.
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On April 25, 1995 a southbound BN train prepares to depart Amory, MS and will eventually end its journey in Birmingham, AL. All three engines are in white face plus pinstripes. The trailing two units are GP30's.
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A northbound train waits for a crew to take the train towards Tupelo, MS and on to Memphis, TN. One of just a few engines painted up in the Operation Lifesaver paint scheme is on the point of this train along with an EMD lease engine and another BN engine. Date is April 26, 1995.
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A meeting of NAFTA engines at Vicksburg, Mississippi. TFM, TexMex, CN, and NS all are present for this late afternoon shot on October 24, 1999.
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When I first found this bridge I was amazed. A westbound KCS train is seen here crossing the Big Black River in Bovina, Mississippi on March 21, 1999. You can see the water marks from high river levels. Note the Rebel flag painted on the span just below the white engine.
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A southbound IC mixed freight with lots of pulpwood cars on the headend crosses a well preserved wooden trestle in Tchula, Mississippi on a very hot and humid day - July 28, 1995. The crew of the SD40's just met a northbound at Tchula and have yet to turn on the lead engines headlight. Tchula, MS is in the heart of the Mississippi Delta area, home of the "Blues".
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