Monday, June 24, 2013

McComb Railroad Museum - #1

McComb, Mississippi 

In 1872  Henry S. McComb decided to move the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad's locomotive and car maintenance shops away from New Orleans and its saloons. He purchased land in Pike County and the city of McComb was born. For over 100 years, McComb was a railroad town, and nearly every inhabitant's livelihood depended on the railroad. In 1987, the railroad, by then the Illinois Central Railroad, closed the doors of the McComb shops and a way of life disappeared. The McComb Railroad Museum is dedicated to keeping the memory of railroading in McComb alive.

Illinois Central locomotive 2542 is a Mountain type 4-8-2. Fifty-six class 2500 locomotives were built between 1937 and 1943. Only two survive; 2542 on display at the 1901 McComb depot which houses the Museum, and 2500, which is on display in Centralia, Illinois. They were the largest steam locomotives on the Illinois Central System.

IC locomotive 2542 stands outside the 1901 Illinois Central Depot in McComb, Mississippi


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