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Mississippi Railway & Transportation Museum

The Mississippi Railway & Transportation Museum, Inc. got into the steam excursion business on June 16, 1984, with the dedication at Ansley, Miss., of a ex-Rockton & Rion 2-8-0 No. 203 (Baldwin, 1925). They plan weekend operations between Port Bienville Industrial Park and the Seaboard (L&N) connection at Ansley, just west of Bay St. Louis on the Gulf Coast. The locomotive was christened with a bottle of water by Hancock County Port & Harbor Director Jimmy DeBlanc. The 2-8-0 proved to be an excellent performer, and the cars are authentically painted.

Railnews, Louis Saillard, Nov 1984

Mississippi museum

The Mississippi Railway & Transportation Museum was a short-lived museum based on the operation of Baldwin 2-8-0 #203, a steamer with a long southeastern pedigree but, due to extended storage during certain periods, has not seen many miles relative to her age. The MRTM operated for a time in a Hancock County industrial park in southern Mississippi, utilizing a connection to the Seaboard System to move equipment. The operation proved unsuccessful, and after being stored in Meridian, Ms, #203 was sold to another tourist operation.

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