Vicksburg, Pensacola & Ship Island Railroad (1871-1874)

Mississippi Valley & Ship Island (1874-1883)

5' gauge, converted to 42" gauge, 56-lb rail

Headquarters: Vicksburg, MS (Warren County)

Years of Operation: 1871-1883

Predecessor road: none 

Successor road: LNO&T 

Miles Operated: 26

Locomotives Owned: ?


1 locomotive, 6 flat cars in 1879


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History by  Tony Howe:

The Vicksburg, Pensacola & Ship Island Railroad was chartered on March 6, 1871 and started construction in 1872 of a 5 gauge line running south from Vicksburg. In spite of financing from Vicksburg, Warren County and the State of Mississippi, only 17.5 miles of track was graded to the Big Black River. The railroad was reorganized in 1874 as the Mississippi Valley & Ship Island and ten miles of 42 gauge laid to Goodrum. In 1881 track was laid on the remainder of the line to the Big Black River. The railroad bought the Grand Gulf & Port Gibson and the railroad planned to use 2 miles of this line to reach Port Gibson, but they never got that far. By the end of 1881, the MV&SI was built only as far as Morehead, 26 miles from Vicksburg near the north bank of Bayou Pierre. The MV&SI was sold at foreclosure to the Louisville New Orleans & Texas on Sept. 5, 1883, who rebuilt the line to standard gauge and used it for part of its Memphis-Vicksburg-Baton Rouge-New Orleans main line.




















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