Columbus & Greenville Railway

Passenger Equipment

Columbus & Greenville #M-77

The original Columbus & Greenville owned and operated three passenger motorcars, all built by the J. G. Brill Company of Philadelphia. M-75 was purchased in 1925 and was a gas-mechanical railcar, placed into service between Winona and Greenville. The car was a success, but was retired only five years later with the arrival of two newer and heavier motorcar-trailer sets. M-76 and M-77 arrived from Brill in late 1928 as gas-electric cars. Together with their unpowered trailers, both sets operated on the Delta Route until 1948. The cars provided a comfortable ride for Mississippi patrons and a large savings for the railroad, when compared to the higher costs of operating steam locomotives. M-75 was sold to the Louisiana & Northwest Railroad in 1931, M-76 was sold for scrap in the early 1950s, and M-77 (shown here) was sold for use as an office by a local riding club.

Columbus & Greenville #M-77

  • builder:J. G. Brill Company
  • model:Model 350
  • type:Gas-Electric railcar
  • built:1928, Brill #22694
  • engine:300 hp
  • notes:
  • 73' long; 116,000 pounds
    to Columbus & Greenville, Dec 1928
    retired from service, 1948
    carbody sold to private owner, 1952
  • Brill plans Brill plans

    Brill motorcar plans / drawn by A. E. Baker / collection

    Columbus & Greenville #T-86

  • builder:J. G. Brill Company
  • type:Motorcar trailer
  • built:1928
  • notes:
  • 73' long; 80,000 pounds
    built as trailer for M-76
    converted to MoW boarding car, 1948
    scrapped, 1972
  • Motorcars

    In December of 1972, John photographed the remains of motorcar M-77 near Columbus. His field notes are shown below. The M-77 body was purchased as scrap for use as storage for the Bluecutt Riding Club.
    all photos and field notes above made at Columbus, Ms / Dec 1972 / JCH

    Columbus & Greenville #M-75

    May 2016

    I received the following surprising correspondance from Louis Saillard:

    Ralph: The attached photo (sent by the editor of the Covington newspaper) shows Louisiana & North West "Doodlebug" M-300 being unloaded behind the depot at Covington, La. Even more interesting is that this is the ex-Columbus & Greenville M-75, nee-Brill demonstrator. The folks who own the Covington depot bought it to display there. I was in Covington last week, when it was scheduled to arrive, but it didn't. I'll be there again soon to shoot a piece of C&G equipment I've never seen. I'm confident that your Dad would approve. Hope all is well with you and yours. Best wishes, Louis

    Columbus & Greenville M-75

  • builder:J. G. Brill Company
  • model:Model 75
  • type:Gas-Mechanical railcar
  • built:1925, Brill #22323
  • engine:175 hp
  • notes:
  • 55' long; 53,000 pounds
    blt as Brill motorcar demonstrator
    to Columbus & Greenville, 1925
    to Louisiana & North West, 1930
    retired in 1948, to private ownership
  • Built by the Brill Company as a demonstrator in 1925 as M-75 (Brill #22323) and displayed at the 1926 Chicago's Worlds Fair. Sold in 1925 to the Columbus & Greenville Railroad. Retired by the C&G in 1930 and sold to the Louisiana & Northwest Railroad, who renumbered the car M-300. L&NW retired the car in 1948 and sold it into private ownership. The car no longer has an engine or the correct trucks but the car body is in very good condition and basically original. In the last several years the car has received a new roof, new floor and new windows. It was originally equipped with two segregates coach sections and a baggage/Railway Post Office. M-300 was powered by a 175 HP power truck gas engine and had a small engineers compartment at the front of the car. This is a very RARE and unique car that is steeped in history. Would make a great addition to any museum or collection.

    Ozark Mountain Railcar listing, spring 2016

    St. Tammany Farmer / May 2016

    December 2016

    m75covington19 What's not to love about the restaurant Lola?

    They occupy the former Gulf, Mobile & Northern depot in my hometown of Covington, Louisiana. They serve southern dishes. They happen to bear the name of my favorite pet, sadly now departed. And -- surely this is the best part -- they are now the proud owners of a Brill "doodlebug" once owned by our beloved Columbus & Greenville ... and rare gas-mechanical doodlebug, no less. Later Louisiana & North West ownership is a nice badge of honor, too.

    Who would have imagined such a specimen would find a home on the house track of the depot in my hometown. During a Christmas visit with my family in 2016, I was able to snap some photos of the car. Clearly work was underway to stabilize the exterior and in preparation for a complete renovation needed on the inside. Of course the stand-in freight car trucks are all wrong, but who is complaining. Beats the scrapyard, any day. Given how many of her detail parts are long gone, what a treat that the unusual front-mounted, inverted horn survived the years. The Delta Route's smallest bug will make for some quaint eating space when at last they have her all dressed up for the party.


    Much of the earliest unpowered passenger equipment on the Columbus & Greenville was turn-of-the-century wooden rolling stock purchased from former parent Southern Railway in Mississippi. Later on, in the mid 1930s, the C&G purchased a batch of ex Reading coaches and baggage-postal cars to improve the condition of its scheduled daily train, the Deltan. After the cessation of all C&G passenger service in 1948, many of the coaches and motorcar trailers were converted into storage and boarding cars for the company's Roadway Department. As the collection below demonstrates, much of the beleaguered equipment hovered around the Columbus shops well into the 1970s.


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    This page was updated on 2017-07-10