Meridian, Brookhaven & Natchez Railroad

Standard Gauge

Headquarters: Brookhaven, MS (Lincoln Co.)

Years of Operation: 1882-1940

Predecessor Roads: Hamilton, Hoskins & Co.

Successor Roads: Illinois Central

Miles Operated: 8

Locomotives Owned: 




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History by Tony Howe:

The Meridian Brookhaven & Natchez Railroad was incorporated on March 7, 1882 and took over a line running east from Pin Oak Jct., about 2 miles north of Brookhaven, that was built by Hamilton, Hoskins & Co. in 1880. In return for partial funding, the railroad built by Hoskins was partly owned by Illinois Central predecessor Chicago, St. Louis & New Orleans. Initially, primary traffic on the MB&N was finished lumber from several sawmills owned by Hamilton & Hoskins along the line. The Illinois Central bought the MB&N at foreclosure sale on March 12, 1888. IC formed a new company called Meridian Brookhaven & Natchez Railroad to operate the branch on January 18, 1891. IC used the MB&N to access large deposits of gravel at the end of the MB&N and operated the branch until it was abandoned on January 16, 1940. 






















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