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Mississippi Central Railroad

Mississippi shortline

The Mississippi Central Railroad was an east-west shortline route between Hattiesburg and Natchez, Mississippi. The line was owned by a lumber company in Pennsylvania, but eventually became a part of the Illinios Central Gulf during its formation merger. Prior to the transition era, the little road was known for its large stable of Mikados and converted Pacifics. When the MSC dieselized, they purchased ten SW9 switchers from EMD and later a rare GP28. In both steam and diesel eras, the MSC shops were in Hattiesburg. The Central was the chief operator of the famed "Natchez Route" -- a through-frieght route from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Mobile, Alabama, that utilized the MSC in the middle segment. A portion of the Central's line is still in service today from Furgurson to Natchez, Mississippi, owned and operated by the Canadian National.

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