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Reporting mark CLSL
Dates of operation 1982–1992
Predecessor Illinois Central
Successor Gloster Southern
Length 28.7 miles (46.2 km)
Headquarters were in Columbia, Mississippi.
The GM&O occupied the other (west) side of the Pearl River between Columbia and Wanilla,
roughly on the same latitude as Silver Creek.
Don't ignore that statement. It will be helpful later on.
There is nothing like connecting parts of the spiderweb.
There were rails from Wanilla to the junction just above Silver Creek.
Ferguson is an important location on those old rails which now end just east of there.
Ferguson and Wanilla can be seen on the map below.
The Columbia and Silver Creek Railroad (reporting mark CLSL) was a shortline railroad formerly operating between a connection with the Illinois Central slightly north of Silver Creek and ran south to Columbia,
28.7 miles. (map above).
Originally, that section was built by the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad around 1905.
That branch was later acquired by the Illinois Central RR.
The Illinois Central Gulf sold the old Columbia - Silver Creek stretch to the
Columbia and Silver Creek RR in 1982.
The Columbia and Silver Cr. was owned by the Marion County Railroad Authority.
This fact is little known and should be jotted down.
Traffic consisted of paper, forest products, chemicals, furniture. Service began shortly thereafter.
It was operated by the Columbia & Silver Creek Railroad until 1988.
Marion County sold the branch on November 1, 1988 to the Gloster Southern RR.
From November 1988 to December 1995, the Gloster Southern operated the 29 mile line from Silver Creek to Columbia, Mississippi. It was called the "Columbia Route" by Georgia Pacific
This is quoting a source and is not guaranteed.
The CLSL got rid of its Columbia to Silver Creek Branch in 1988.
Then the CLSL shifted location from the old Columbia line to a branch from Taylorsville to Soso.
This newer segment ran from an Illinois Central connection at Taylorsville and ended at Soso, for a distance of 10.5 miles.
That connection was a dead end which came off the main at Saratoga.
It was previously part of the Gulf & Ship Island mainline between Gulfport and Memphis, Tennessee.
It ceased operations in 1992.
. (Map of the Taylorsville to Soso route, below)
Imagine the fun you could have being from Soso.
"How's it going?"
"I'm having a Soso day", and so on and so worth.
On the reread I just remembered I'd been to Taylorsville, I think.
It was as Southern as it gets.
It was so hot and so humid.
I was in search of Ross Barnett and didn't do the town justice.
I was very far from base camp and had a long ways to go.
The quote below, "hot sweating grueling trip through Dixie", comes from a long lost song which
reflects on some Yankee's misadventure.
Mine was not a misadventure though I was pretty brown and wilted at the end.
Oh but there twas more to Taylorsville which this rail investigation has unearthed.
It seems that the town really relied on the railroad.
The purple line is transferred from my tracing the rails on Google Earth.
Lumber operations south of town. No rail connections presently.
On into town.
At first I didn't see the building at the bottom left.
This shot is to the right of the one above.
This one is northwest of town.
I hadn't seen the rails.
Then I took to the streets.
This is south of that building which was in the lower left corner of that picture.
Why had the rails been left?
This is why. Esthetics. They fit perfectly with the Gulf and Ship Island RR Station.
From the town's great website.
Only the raised location of a junkyard scale marked the old route.
Let's end this investigative portion on a positive note.
Taylorsville does have a rail connection to its north park.
Black lines are the rails that server the Georgia Pacific plant.
Yep, real rails.
Gloster Southern Railroad
Gloster, MS to Slaughter, LA
Dates of operation 1986–2008
Track gauge 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Gloster, MS
In September 2004, Georgia Pacific announced that they would re-open the Gloster oakwood mill.
The railroad was not restarted.
The Gloster Southern Railroad applied to discontinue service on its entire line in December 2009.
By June 2013 all of the track had been moved from Slaughter north.
He had failed to mention that the rails from Zee, crossing Big Thomson Creek
to Slaughter are still somewhat intact.
The rails from Slaughter to Baton Rouge are repairable.
And, the scavengers missed some of the rails from Gloster to Slaughter.
Gloster is where the pictures start.
Gloster, Mississippi, 1948 The railroad is in the distance
Looking from the railroad in 2015
Backing up a bit.
The yellow line is my drawn in route finder.
Drawn from space it was not too far off.
Down there I found this.
This was amazing.
Are these now the corporate offices of a railroad that will be born again?
Or seriously, was this the depot in Gloster?
North of the main street crossing was this.
Following the rails north out of town.
The road joins MS 33 and crosses the Homochitto River.
Those are the pilings of the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley crossing the river.
The Gloster did not go north.
I had no idea what these pilings were on a previous trip.
But, first, more Mississippi.
South of Gloster.
Centreville (notice the Old English spelling).
2002 was not that long ago.
Yes it was.
The scavengers missed some of the iron in Norwood
Gurley, La. La.963
How would you like to be a Gurley boy and belong to the Gurley Football Team?
Being a Gurley Girl seems attractive.
A hint. The Gloster Southern is credited with owning a lot of connecting rail in
southwest Mississippi. At least my old topo map labels those rails as "Gloster Southern".
Maybe in the next chapter I'll trace what my map calls GS and we'll se how that looks.