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Grenada Railroad (GRYR)

The railroad runs generally southward from Southaven, Mississippi parallel with I-55 to Canton, Mississippi. The GRYR has two branch lines – the Water Valley Branch from just north of Grenada to Coffeeville and the Aberdeen Branch from just south of Durant to Kosciusko.

The GRYR was formerly the Grenada District of the Illinois Central Railroad and is steeped in railroad history. It was on this line that on April 30, 1900 the famed IC Engineer J. L. “Casey” Jones made his last run and met his maker in a collision with a freight train near Vaughan, Mississippi. The Water Valley Branch follows the original route of the “Main Line of Mid-America”. The Grenada District hosted many famous named passenger trains in its long history including the famed “City of New Orleans” and “Panama Limited”. The Grenada line was a major factor in developing industries along the route and facilitated the movement of local goods, in particular, agricultural and wood products, to the marketplace.

The line is now owned by the North Central Mississippi Regional Railroad Authority and operated by Iowa Pacific. The stakeholders are committed to maximizing the railroad’s contribution to the economic development of North Mississippi.

Site URL: http://www.iowapacific.com/railroads/grenada-railroad/
Date resource added: 20-Oct-2016
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