Columbus and Greenville Railway

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Columbus and Greenville Railway
Cagycaboose.jpg
CAGY Caboose on display in Columbus, Mississippi
Reporting markC&G
LocaleMississippi
Dates of operation1923–1972
PredecessorSouthern Railway in Mississippi
SuccessorIllinois Central Gulf Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
HeadquartersColumbus, Mississippi
Columbus and Greenville Railway
Columbus and Greenville Railway logo.png
CAGY boxcar on CIC.jpg
Columbus and Greenville Railway boxcar on the CRANDIC at Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Reporting markCAGY
LocaleMississippi
Dates of operation1975–present
PredecessorIllinois Central Gulf Railroad
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length162 miles (261 km)
HeadquartersColumbus, Mississippi

There have been two uses of Columbus and Greenville Railway, both for the same rail line.

Original Columbus and Greenville[edit]

The first Columbus and Greenville Railway (reporting mark C&G) was formed by the sale of the Southern Railway operated Southern Railway in Mississippi, to local interests. In January 1952, the CAGY retired it's last steam locomotive, Baldwin 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler #304 built in 1904.[1] It continued independent operations until 1972 when it was bought by the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.

Present Columbus and Greenville[edit]

The second Columbus and Greenville Railway (reporting mark CAGY) was founded in 1974 and began operations in 1975 over divested Illinois Central Gulf Railroad trackage across the state of Mississippi. Its terminals, as the name implies, are Columbus and Greenville, Mississippi.

Columbus and Greenville Railway bridge over Yazoo River

In 2001, CAGY suspended service over 89.5 miles (144 km) of track between West Point and Greenwood due to a washout. This action split the line in two. The western section operates between Greenville and Greenwood with an interchange with Canadian National in Greenwood. The eastern section operates the remaining trackage from West Point onwards.

The company once specialized in transporting wood and paper products to and from local factories.The company's traffic base has expanded to include bricks, plastic products, feed grains for catfish and swine, finished and raw steel, and biodiesel as well as cotton and rice products. The company runs six trains a day, two between Greenwood and Greenville, two out of Columbus and two at the Severcorr steel mill between Columbus and Artesia.

The majority owner of the Columbus and Greenville is CAGY Industries, which also owns the Luxapalila Valley Railroad and the Chattooga and Chickamauga Railway.

In June 2008, CAGY Industries was purchased by Genesee & Wyoming Inc.

Preservation[edit]

Several pieces of CAGY equipment have been preserved and put on display:

  • Baldwin locomotive #601 is on display in front of the Columbus & Greenville shops in Columbus, MS.
  • Baldwin locomotive #606 "City of Moorhead" is on display at the Illinois Railway Museum.
  • Caboose #500 is on display in Winona, MS next to the train depot downtown.
  • Caboose #503 is on display in Propst Park in Columbus, MS along with some C&G passenger coaches and a GM&O steam locomotive.
  • Caboose #506 is in downtown Kosciusko, MS.
  • Caboose #508 is in front of a doctor's office in Greenwood, MS.

References[edit]

  • "CAGY Industries Information". Retrieved 2005-12-15.
  • "Columbus and Greenville Railway Information". Retrieved 2005-12-15.
  • Lewis, Edward A. (1986). American Shortline Railway Guide (3rd ed.). Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing Company. p. 62. ISBN 0-89024-073-6.

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