Columbus & Greenville Railway

Standard gauge

Headquarters: Columbus, MS (Lowndes Co.)

Years of Operation: 1923-1972

Predecessor road: Southern Railway in Mississippi 

Successor road: Illinois Central Gulf

Miles Operated: 168 mile mainline

Locomotives Owned

Equipment: 

 

 

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History by Tony Howe:

The charter of the Southern Ry in Mississippi was amended on November 6, 1920 changing the name of the company to Columbus & Greenville Railroad and placed the company in receivership. The company was sold at receiver's sale on August 6, 1923, and renamed the Columbus & Greenville Railway. The railroad dieselized in 1946 with the purchase of 5 Baldwin roadswitchers, even though steam remained as backup power through 1951. The railroad was included in the Illinois Central Gulf merger finalized August 10, 1972. After several years of deteriorating conditions, new owners bought back the line from Columbus to Greenville and resurrected the C&G on May 30, 1975. In the last few years, the line from West Point to Greenwood has been out of service, and the C&G was sold to Genessee & Wyoming group of shortlines in 2008, but the Columbus & Greenville name has still been retained. 

For additional info see:

"Delta Route" by Louis Saillard published by Columbus & Greenville Ry 1981

C&G depot in Indianola about 1970.

C&G depot in Itta Bena circa 1970.

 

Ten-wheeler No. 216 with C&G's passenger train, "The Deltan" at Columbus.

The joint C&G-GM&O depot in Mathiston was built in 1935.

 

C&G 701 leads an eastbound freight past the Mathiston depot after a light snowfall on January 6, 1970.

 

A classic wooden caboose brings up the rear of an eastbound freight at Mathiston on January 6, 1970.

Several C&G steam locomotives are at the shops in Columbus in various states of repair in this 1940's view looking west.

C&G's depot at Indianola about 1940.

An early view of a freight entering the Columbus yard.

C&G's motor car M-77 departs Columbus.

Baldwin 606 leads a freight in the early 1980's.

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C&G caboose 508 at Columbus in 1967.

C&G Baldwin 604 at the Columbus shops.

C&G SD-28 702 at Columbus about 1970.

The joint Southern Railway-C&G passenger depot in Columbus was turned into a bar and restaurant by the time I got this shot in late 1994.

C&G's passenger station in Eupora has been renovated since this 1994 photo.

An eastbound C&G freight at Mathiston in the fall of 1970.

SW-1 521 was a former Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern engine.

STEAM ROSTER by Gil Hoffman:

50 Class Miscellaneous Types.

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

50

 

0-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

28444

 

6/1906

 

19x24

 

 51

 

120000

 

Southern Ry. #1578.

Columbus & Greenville #50, on 7/1/1923.

Baldwin class 6-32 D 510

 

Retired 1/24/1938.

Scrapped 12/1938.

 

51

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

8965

 

12/1887

 

20x24

 

50

 

119000

 

Richmond & Danville #532.

Southern Ry. #59, in 1896.

Columbus & Greenville #51, on 7/1/1923.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 711

 

Scrapped 9/25/1933.

 

52

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

11031

 

7/1890

 

20x24

 

50

 

119000

 

Richmond & Danville #571.

Southern Ry. #78, in 1896.

Columbus & Greenville #52, on 7/1/1923.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 1148

 

Columbus Gravel Co., Columbus, MS,

on 7/27/1935.

 

53

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

10204

 

8/1889

 

20x24

 

50

 

119000

 

Richmond & Danville #585.

Southern Ry. #93, in 1896.

Columbus & Greenville #53, on 7/1/1923.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 961

 

Scrapped 9/25/1933.

 

54

 

2-8-0

 

Baldwin

 

11062

 

7/1890

 

20x24

 

50

 

119000

 

Richmond & Danville #592.

Southern Ry. #94, in 1896.

Columbus & Greenville #54, on 7/1/1923.

Baldwin class 10-34 E 1157

 

Fleming Gravel Co., Columbus, MS,

on 3/29/1938.

 

55

 

2-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

24945

 

1/1905

 

19x26

 

56

 

119000

 

New Orleans Terminal Co. #109.

Southern Ry. #7081.

Columbus & Greenville #55, on 7/3/1937.

Baldwin class 8-32 D 694

 

Retired 6/7/1945.

 


56-163  Vacant

 

100 Class Freight.

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

164

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5127

 

6/1896

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #53.

Re. #126 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #164, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 4/1/1936.

 

165

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5162

 

1/1897

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #58.

Re. #131 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #165, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 4/29/1940.

 

166

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5195

 

6/1897

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #117.

Re. #134 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #166, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 12/31/1947.

 

167

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5200

 

6/1897

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #122.

Re. #139 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #167, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 7/9/1937.

 

168

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5202

 

6/1897

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #124.

Re. #141 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #168, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 8/1/1934.

 

169

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5343

 

12/1898

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #157.

Columbus & Greenville #168, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 5/10/1939.

 

170

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5459

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #170.

Columbus & Greenville #170, on 10/1/1923.

 

Columbus Gravel Co., Columbus, MS,

on 11/3/1941.

Scrapped 1943.

 

171

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5460

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #171.

Columbus & Greenville #171, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 1/21/1946.

 

172

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5461

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #172.

Columbus & Greenville #172, on 10/1/1923.

 

Columbus Gravel Co., Columbus, MS,

on 7/27/1947.

Scrapped

 

173

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5465

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #173.

Columbus & Greenville #173, on 10/1/1923.

 

Columbus Gravel Co., Columbus, MS,

on 1/4/1948.

Scrapped

 

174

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5468

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #174.

Columbus & Greenville #174, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 5/16/1942.

 

175

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5469

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #175.

Columbus & Greenville #175, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 1/21/1946.

 

176

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5440

 

10/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #176.

Columbus & Greenville #176, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 9/12/1947.

 

177

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5471

 

11/1899

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #177.

Columbus & Greenville #177, on 10/1/1923.

 

Columbus Gravel Co., Columbus, MS,

on 4/23/1948.

Scrapped at Birmingham, AL.

 

178

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5609

 

8/1900

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #187.

Re. #177 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #178, on 10/1/1923.

 

Rebuilt with 63" drivers in 1948.

Retired 1951.

On display at Columbus, MS.

 

179

 

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5613

 

9/1900

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Mobile & Ohio #191.

Re. #181 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #179, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 1/25/1939.

 

180

 

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5336

 

11/1898

 

18x26

 

57

 

129000

 

Re. from #212 on 1/23/1930,

and rebuilt with 57" drivers.

 

Retired 7/21/1937.

Boiler and firebox to C&G #216 in 2/1939, frame scrapped.

 

181-210            Vacant

 

200 Class Passenger.

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

211

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5247

 

3/1898

 

18x26

 

63

 

128000

 

Mobile & Ohio #136.

Re. #200 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #211, on 10/1/1923.

 

Retired 10/4/1946.

Scrapped 5/8/1947.

 

212

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5336

 

11/1898

 

18x26

 

63

 

128000

 

Mobile & Ohio #150.

Re. #212 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #212, on 10/1/1923.

 

Re. #180 on 1/23/1930 and rebuilt with 57" drivers.

 

213

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5337

 

11/1898

 

18x26

 

63

 

128000

 

Mobile & Ohio #151.

Re. #213 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #213, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 11/22/1939.

 

214

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5338

 

11/1898

 

18x26

 

63

 

128000

 

Mobile & Ohio #152.

Re. #214 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #214, on 10/1/1923.

 

Scrapped 5/1/1933.

 

215

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5474

 

12/1899

 

18x26

 

63

 

128000

 

Mobile & Ohio #178.

Re. #215 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #215, on 10/1/1923.

 

Retired 7/17/1947.

Scrapped 8/19/47.

 

216

 

4-6-0

 

Rogers

 

5475

 

12/1899

 

18x26

 

63

 

128000

 

Mobile & Ohio #179.

Re. #216 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #216, on 10/1/1923.

 

Rebuilt in 2/1939 using boiler & firebox from C&G #180 (c.n. 5336).

Scrapped 2/20/1946.

 

217-300            Vacant

 

300 Class

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

301

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

23857

 

3/1904

 

21x26

 

57

 

179400

 

Mobile & Ohio #205.

Re. #315 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #301,  in 4/1930.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 231

 

Retired 3/14/1939.

Scrapped 4/22/1939.

 

302

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

23928

 

3/1904

 

21x26

 

57

 

179400

 

Mobile & Ohio #208.

Re. #318 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #302,  in 4/1930.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 234

 

Scrapped 9/1940.

 

303

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

23938

 

3/1904

 

21x26

 

57

 

179400

 

Mobile & Ohio #209.

Re. #319 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #303, on 4/1/1930.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 245

 

Retired 1/3/1948.

Scrapped 2/28/1948.

 

304

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

23855

 

3/1904

 

21x26

 

57

 

179400

 

Mobile & Ohio #203.

Re. #313 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #304, on 5/31/1934.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 229

 

Retired 1/25/1952.

Scrapped 2/27/1952

 

 

305

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

23854

 

3/1904

 

21x26

 

57

 

179400

 

Mobile & Ohio #202.

Re. #312 in 1910.

Columbus & Greenville #304, on 5/27/1934.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 228

 

Retired 7/17/1947.

Scrapped 9/16/1947.

 

306-400            Vacant


400 Class

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

401

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

29088

 

9/1906

 

23x28

 

63

 

179950

 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1609

Re. #74.

Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #109, in 1926.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #401, on 11/4/1938. Cost $3,625.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 353

 

Scrapped 5/20/1947.

 

402

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

30025

 

1/1907

 

23x28

 

63

 

179950

 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1615

Re. #80.

Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #111, in 1926.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #402, on 11/4/1938. Cost $3,625.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 359

 

Scrapped 5/14/1948.

 

403

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

30023

 

1/1907

 

23x28

 

63

 

179950

 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1613.

Re. #78.

Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #102, in 1926.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #403, on 11/4/1938. Cost $3,625.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 357

 

Scrapped 5/26/1947.

 

404

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

27936

 

4/1906

 

23x28

 

63

 

179950

 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1604

Re. #69.

Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #104, in 1926.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #404, on 11/4/1938. Cost $3,625.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 348

 

Scrapped 8/14/1948.

 

405

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

31686

 

9/1907

 

23x28

 

63

 

179950

 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1622

Re. #87.

Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #105, in 1926.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #405, on 5/2/1939. Cost $3,000.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 439

 

Scrapped 6/29/1948.

 

 

406

 

4-6-0

 

Baldwin

 

27915

 

4/1906

 

23x28

 

63

 

179950

 

Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1602

Re. #67.

Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #114, in 1926.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #406, on 5/2/1939. Cost $3,500.

Baldwin class 10-36 D 346

 

Scrapped 3/30/1948.

 

 

407-500            Vacant

 

500 Class Freight.

 

 

Road No.

 

Type

 

Builder

 

C.N.

 

Date

 

Cyls.

 

Dri. Dia.

 

Engine

Wt.

 

Previous Ownership

 

Disposition

 

501

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

43865

 

8/1916

 

22x28

 

57

 

200300

 

Fort Smith & Western #24.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #501, on 9/11/39. Cost $7,375.

Baldwin class 12-38 E 116

 

Scrapped 12/28/1948.

 

502

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

43784

 

7/1916

 

22x28

 

57

 

200300

 

Fort Smith & Western #23.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #502, on 9/11/1939. Cost $7,375.

Baldwin class 12-38 E 115

 

Scrapped 8/24/1947.

 

503

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

46158

 

8/1917

 

22x28

 

57

 

200300

 

Fort Smith & Western #27.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #503, on 9/11/1939. Cost $7,375.

Baldwin class 12-38 E 128

 

Scrapped 1/20/1950.

 

504

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

46113

 

8/1917

 

22x28

 

57

 

200300

 

Fort Smith & Western #26.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #504, on 9/11/1939. Cost $7,375.

Baldwin class 12-38 E 127

 

Scrapped 5/20/1947.

 

505

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

53829

 

10/1920

 

22x28

 

57

 

200300

 

Fort Smith & Western #28.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #505, on 12/15/1939. Cost $7,375.

Baldwin class 12-38 E 155

 

Scrapped 8/28/1948.

 

506

 

2-8-2

 

Baldwin

 

43866

 

8/1916

 

22x28

 

57

 

200300

 

Fort Smith & Western #25.

Georgia Car & Locomotive Co.

Columbus & Greenville #506, on 2/12/1940. Cost $7,375.

Baldwin class 12-38 E 117

 

Scrapped 2/25/1947.

 

 

 

 

 

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