Ripley Railroad (1871-1878)

Ship Island, Ripley & Kentucky Railroad (1878-1889)

36" Gauge

Headquarters: Ripley, MS (Tippah County)

Years of Operation: 1878-1889

Predecessor road: none

Successor road: Gulf & Chicago

Miles Operated: 25 (22.5 in MS)

Locomotives Owned: 2


1879- 2 locomotives, 3 passenger cars, 10 box, 20 flats

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History by Gil Hoffman:

The Ripley Railroad was chartered in Mississippi in 1871 with construction commencing in 1872. The road was opened from Ripley, Mississippi, to Middleton, Tennessee, 25 miles, in 1874. The name was changed to Ship Island, Ripley & Kentucky Railroad in 1878. The road went into receivership about 1880 and was sold at foreclosure to the Gulf & Chicago Railroad on August 1, 1889. 


1. Murdaugh, Herbert C., The Ripley Railroad, privately printed at Jackson, Tenn., 1968.




















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