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Columbus & Greenville Railway
John, Louis Saillard, Ralph / 1989
Anyone acquainted with the Columbus & Greenville Railway since 1974 is surely also acquainted with Louis Saillard -- author, photographer, and historian.
With roots in southeast Louisiana, Louis has a long interest in the railroads and shortlines of the Deep South.
In the last few decades, he has published numerous articles and photographs in a variety of railroad journals.
In 1981 he published Delta Route: A History of the Columbus & Greenville Railway
which chronicled the story of the C&G from its pre Civil War roots to its rebirth and revitalization after ICG control.
With the recent sale of the C&G to the Genesee & Wyoming shortline system, Louis' written history of the beloved Delta Route is more vital than ever
-- a repository of memories of yet another Deep South shortline now relegated to retirement.
A consummate railroad photographer, Louis' photographs not only capture interesting equipment in interesting places, they capture a moment.
My dad and I are grateful to enjoy a warm railfan friendship with Louis that spans three decades; grateful, too, to have in our C&G collection the sampling of his photography offered here.
all photographs on this page by Louis R. Saillard / collection