Headquarters: Chicago, IL
Years of Operation: 1972-1998
Gulf Mobile & Ohio RR
Illinois Central RR
Fernwood Columbia & Gulf RR
Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern RR
Columbus & Greenville RR
Illinois Central Railroad
Miles Operated: 8,366 miles in 1980
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The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad was formed on August 10, 1972 with the
merger of the Illinois Central Railroad and the Gulf Mobile & Ohio
Railroad. Mississippi shortline railroads Fernwood Columbia & Gulf,
Bonhomie & Hattiesburg Southern and Columbus & Greenville were
also included in the merger.
By the mid-1980's the railroad had abandoned many lines and began selling
off other lines to such new operators such as Chicago, Missouri &
Western Ry, Chicago Central & Pacific RR, MidSouth Rail Corporation,
and Gulf & Mississippi RR.
In 1988 the railroad's parent company, IC Industries, changed it's name
to Whitman Corporation (which later became PepsiCo), and the railroad
dropped "Gulf" from the name and once again became Illinois
Central Railroad on February 29, 1988. The new IC was purchased by
Canadian National Railroad on February 11, 1998.