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Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf Railroad

The FC&G was in reality a very typical and not-too-significant shortline by nationwide railroad standards. Yet for many years it provided needed and more-or-less efficient transportation necessary for economic development in a rural area. It was for those who remember a colorful and delightful little carrier. What a treat it was to ride the cab or caboose on the daily freight, or to witness from track side the pusher engine uncoupling as speed increased at the top of the ruling grade. In latter years of operation one could count on seeing well maintained locomotives and caboose and light iron well aligned and in good repair snaking over undulating grades and through colorful, red clay cuts through the hills. There were few places prettier than the quiet depot and freight house at Kokomo on a spring evening in the rosy light of a setting Mississippi sun.

David S. Price - FC&G: A Colorful Mississippi Shortline

Mississippi shortline

The Fernwood, Columbia & Gulf Railroad operated between Fernwood and Columbia, Ms. It was owned by the lumber mill interests at Fernwood, Ms -- the same owners of the Bonhomie, Hattiesburg & Southern. The road turned from steam to diesel with the purchase of General Electric 44-ton center cab locomotives, but soon found these small units inadequate power for their trains. Later the FC&G acquired a EMD SW900 and then a SW1200. This fine little Mississippi shortline was, like many other lines in the Magnolia State, acquired by the Illinios Central Gulf as a part of its originating merger. The ICG closed down the little FC&G while under its corporate umbrella. The depot in Tylertown, Ms, is still standing and is in use as a warehouse.

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