Columbus & Greenville Railway

Steam Locomotives

Between 1924 and 1945 -- the first two decades of the original, independent Columbus & Greenville -- the Delta Route powered all of its trains with second-hand steam locomotives. Indeed, it would not be until the historic Baldwin road-switcher order of 1945 that the C&G could afford new equipment delivered to Columbus from the factory. As for steam, the principal year of acquisition was 1923, shortly after forming the company, when the road secured from several sources a large batch of Consolidations, Moguls, and Ten-Wheelers to move both its freight and passenger movements. Seven locomotives were purchased from former parent Southern Railway, and an impressive 23 steamers were secured from mainline neighbor and interchange partner Mobile & Ohio. The early 1930s saw another batch of ex-Mobile & Ohio Ten-Wheelers, and in 1938 Columbus forces purchased six more 4-6-0s -- ex Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast locomotives secured through an Atlanta equipment dealer, these Ten-wheelers heavier than all previous. One year later, the C&G made what would be its final steam purchase, securing six handsome Mikados through a dealer from the bankrupt Ft. Smith & Western in Arkansas. More powerful and reliable than any previous power, the Mikes served the road well right up into the Baldwin diesel era.

steam locomotive tonnage table / 1947 company timetable

Six-coupled

Columbus & Greenville #50

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:0-6-0 Six-coupled
  • built:Jun 1906, Baldwin #28444
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 51" drivers
    ex Southern Rwy # 1578
    to Columbus & Greenville #50, 1923
    scrapped 1938
  • Mogul

    Columbus & Greenville #55

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-6-0 Mogul
  • built:Jan 1905, Baldwin #24945
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 56" drivers
    ex New Orleans Terminal #109
    to Southern Rwy # 7081
    to Columbus & Greenville #55, 1937
    retired 1945
  • Ten-wheelers

    Columbus & Greenville #165

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Jan 1897, Rogers #5162
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #58, later #131
    to Columbus & Greenville #165, 1923
    retired 1940
  • Columbus & Greenville #166

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Jun 1897, Rogers #5195
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #117, later #134
    to Columbus & Greenville #166, 1923
    scrapped 1947
  • Columbus & Greenville #171

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Nov 1899, Rogers #5460
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #171
    to Columbus & Greenville #171, 1923
    scrapped 1946
  • Columbus & Greenville #175

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Nov 1899, Rogers #5469
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #175
    to Columbus & Greenville #175, 1923
    scrapped 1946
  • Columbus & Greenville #177

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Nov 1899, Rogers #5471
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #177
    to Columbus & Greenville #177, 1923
    sold to Columbus Gravel Co, 1948
  • Spotlight: Rogers #178

    Columbus & Greenville #178

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Aug 1900, Rogers #5609
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers, later 63"
    ex Mobile & Ohio #187, later #178
    to Columbus & Greenville #178, 1923
    rebuilt by C&G shops, 1948
    retired 1951
    on display, Columbus MS
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    My first visit to the Columbus & Greenville was in 1957. I took a few pictures of 4-6-0 #178 as it looked pretty good, even though the main rods were off. The thing that always struck me about the C&G was that they never got rid of anything! In 1957 there were five or six passenger cars in the Columbus yard, even though passenger service had been dropped in 1946.

    See also our Columbus page for pictures of #178 on display in Propst Park

    Columbus & Greenville #216

  • builder:Rogers Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Dec 1899, Rogers #5475
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 63" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #179, later #216
    to Columbus & Greenville #216, 1923
    rebuilt by C&G shops, 1939
    scrapped 1946
  • Columbus & Greenville #301

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Mar 1904, Baldwin #23857
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #205, later #315
    to Columbus & Greenville #301, 1930
    scrapped 1939
  • Columbus & Greenville #303

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Mar 1904, Baldwin #23938
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #209, later #319
    to Columbus & Greenville #303, 1930
    scrapped 1948
  • Columbus & Greenville #305

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Mar 1904, Baldwin #23854
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers
    ex Mobile & Ohio #202, later #312
    to Columbus & Greenville #305, 1934
    scrapped 1947
  • Columbus & Greenville #401

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:4-6-0 Ten-wheeler
  • built:Sep 1906, Baldwin #29088
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 63" drivers
    ex Atlanta, Birmingham & Atlantic #1609
    to Atlanta, Birmingham & Coast #109
    to Columbus & Greenville #401, 1938
    scrapped 1947
  • Mikados

    Columbus & Greenville #502

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-8-2 Mikado
  • built:Aug 1916, Baldwin #43784
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers, 22x28" cylinders
    ex Ft Smith & Western #23
    to Columbus & Greenville #502, 1939
    scrapped 1947
  • Columbus & Greenville #503

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-8-2 Mikado
  • built:Aug 1917, Baldwin #46158
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers, 22x28" cylinders
    ex Ft Smith & Western #27
    to Columbus & Greenville #503, 1939
    scrapped 1950
  • Columbus & Greenville #504

  • builder:Baldwin Locomotive Works
  • arrangement:2-8-2 Mikado
  • built:Aug 1917, Baldwin #46113
  • fuel:coal/water
  • notes:
  • 57" drivers, 22x28" cylinders
    ex Ft Smith & Western #26
    to Columbus & Greenville #504, 1939
    scrapped 1947
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