Mississippi Central Railway

5' gauge, converted to Standard Gauge in 1881


Years of Operation: 1855-1874

Predecessor Roads:  none

Successor Roads: Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans

Miles Operated:  

Route: Canton, MS to Jackson, TN

Locomotives Owned: 




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The Mississippi Central Railway was chartered in the spring of 1852.  Ground was broken at Holly Springs on November 16, 1853.  The railroad was consolidated in 1859 with the Mississippi Central and Tennessee (built from Jackson, TN to Grand Junction, TN) under the Mississippi Central name.  The Mississippi Central was completed in 1860 from Canton to the Tennessee line. The railroad was thereafter operated as one line in conjunction with the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern.  The Mississippi Central was consolidated in 1874 into the New Orleans, St. Louis & Chicago. 

Note: There was also a railroad known as the Mississippi Central Railroad operated from Hattiesburg to Natchez 1904-1967 that was not affiliated with the much earlier Mississippi Central Railway described here.


























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