Meridian & Memphis Railway

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Meridian (Lauderdale County)

Years of Operation: 1913-1929

Predecessor road: none

Successor road: Gulf Mobile & Northern 

Miles Operated: 32.19

Locomotives Owned: 2

Equipment:

2 locomotives, 63 freight cars, 3 passenger cars, 9 camp cars in 1917

 

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Meridian & Memphis Railway was incorporated in Mississippi on August 29, 1911, for the purpose of constructing and operating a railroad from Meridian, MS, to or near Winona, MS The date of organization was April 20, 1912. Authorized capital stock was $500,000, all of which was issued to Sam A. Neville. By June 30, 1917, most of the capital stock had passed into the hands of the Equitable Loan & Mortgage Company, of Mobile, Ala.

The line between Meridian and Union, MS, was completed on June 28, 1913. About 30 miles was constructed under contract during the period February 1, 1912, to June 30, 1913, by S. A. Neville & Company. A member of that company, S. A. Neville, was then president of the railroad. The remaining portion was constructed under contract by the C. G. Kershaw Construction Company during the years 1915 and 1916. Funds for construction were advanced mostly by the Equitable Loan & Mortgage Company, of Mobile. Log trains of the J. R. Buckwalter Lumber Company had trackage rights over the line a distance of about 12 miles east of Union, MS

The railroad connected with all railroads entering Meridian, and with the line of the Jackson & Eastern Railway and Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad, at Union, MS The country traversed was somewhat rolling.

The Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad gained control of the company on January 1, 1918, through purchase of the entire capital stock. The road operated independently until July 1929, when it was merged with the Gulf, Mobile & Northern.

  

REFERENCES

1.   "Meridian & Memphis Railway Company," Valuation Docket No. 709, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 125, p. 746-764. 

2.   "Control of Meridian & Memphis by Gulf, Mobile & Northern," Finance Docket No. 2841, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 79, p. 312-314. 

3.             Finance Docket No. 7511, Interstate Commerce Commission Reports, Vol. 154, p. 479.

For more information:

See article by David Bridges on the history of the M&M in Issue #___ of the GM&OHS News.

http://www.acmeme.org/gmo/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

 

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

1

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

11225

 

9/1890

 

19x24

 

52

 

98690

 

New Orleans & Northeastern #243.

Meridian & Memphis #1, on 2/18/1913.

Cost $3,500.

Baldwin class 8-32 D 399

 

Jackson & Eastern Ry. #1, on 2/26/1924.

Meridian & Bigbee River #1, in 1926.

Derelict by 1935.

 

20

 

4-4-0

 

Baldwin

 

17386

 

1/1900

 

 

            

 

18x24

 

63

 

100000

 

              

 

Alabama & Vicksburg #413.

Re. 2nd #403.

Meridian & Memphis #20, on 5/5/1913.

Cost $5,000.

Baldwin class 8-30 C 545

 

Gulf, Mobile & Northern #37, on 10/31/1928.

Scrapped 1932.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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