Yazoo & Mississippi Valley

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Chicago, IL

Years of Operation: 1882-1892

Predecessor RoadsLouisville, New Orleans & Texas

Successor Roads: Illinois Central

Miles Operated:  1283.14

Route: Memphis, TN to New Orleans, LA via Vicksburg

            Many branches

Locomotives Owned: 


June 30, 1899 owned 105 locomotives, 76 passenger cars and 3286 freight and work cars. (Poors)


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The Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad was incorporated February 17, 1882, and from the beginning was a subsidiary of the Illinois Central Railroad. The Y&MV purchased the Louisville, New Orleans & Texas on Oct. 24, 1892. The Y&MV operated as part of the Illinois Central until it was officially merged into the IC in 1946.



Memphis Division No 6 March 2, 1902 Joe Marascalco Collection 22.9 MB 

Vicksburg Division No 10 May 18, 1902 Joe Marascalco Collection 23.9 MB

Y&MV 4-4-0 No. 7

Y&MV No. 80 at Memphis on June 27, 1925.

Y&MV 2-6-0 No. 101 and crew.

Y&MV 26 takes a spin on the turntable at Woodville, MS on March 11, 1899.

Y&MV 4-4-0's 14 and 76 team up on a work train at Shaw, Mississippi.

Y&MV 77 at Memphis on June 27, 1925.

Y&MV 0-6-0 switcher 32 at Vicksburg.

Y&MV 16 on a work train strengthening one of the many levees along the Mississippi River during a flood.

Several abandoned 4-4-0's are stored on an unused spur at Vicksburg about 1910. 

Y&MV depot and water tank at Shaw provide high ground during one of the Delta's frequent floods.


A northbound Y&MV passenger train stops at Stephenson, MS in the 1920's.

Y&MV had a large three-story hotel at the important junction of Leland. The branch to Greenville is seen curving off to the left in this interesting postcard view.

A southbound Y&MV train at Stephenson. The town was renamed Crosby in 1935.

Y&MV depot at Bentonia about 1982.

Y&MV depot at the division point yard at Gwin, Miss. in June 1981.

Postcard view of the Y&MV depot at Tchula

1894 photo of the Y&MV depot at Clarksdale

1894 view of the depot at Coahoma, Miss.

The old Y&MV depot at Greenwood in 1897.

The old Y&MV depot at Leland in 1894.

Y&MV depot at Lula, Miss. in 1894.





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