McComb and Magnolia – 28 April 2007

by admin on 2017/04/28

Earlier in the month of April 2007, I made my first action railroad photographs in the state of Mississippi.  Soon thereafter and in plenty of other parts of 2007, I would make more trips to the Magnolia State with more picture-taking, and the first was before the end of the month.

On Saturday 28 April 2007, I ventured to McComb for some gathering.


I don’t recall the gathering to be a railroad enthusiast gathering but more of a local festival that had some railroad enthusiasts visiting it, and we visited the Amtrak – and former Illinois Central Railroad – depot, by the former IC mainline now part of the Canadian National Railway Company.

This is a view looking south along the CN McComb Subdivision mainline, showing the old shops that once employed hundreds of people.

We had some good times.

Here comes Amtrak’s northbound City of New Orleans, which I had, on previous occasions, watched with some of these same people at Hammond, Louisiana.

I apologize if this series is repetitive.

As you know, in earlier years of blogging, I’d be more selective and show only the best shot of a series of similar shots, following the old show-business axiom of “leave’em wanting more,” but I’ve shifted my focus to more of historic documentation, meaning that I now present every image that is presentable.

What do you think of the new practice?  Is it too many pictures?  Or do you just find it easy to scroll through the repetitive pictures?

Let’s now look at some more of the yard.

Here is the sanding tower.

Yes, I realize that the publication of these images might show that I’ve become a nihilist about some old strongly held position that I had about railroad photographs, but so be it.

Next, after leaving the festivities, I make my way back home and stop at South Yard, the actual yard for local railroad carload traffic south of town.

This is where the local train that works as far south as the Port of Manchac is based.

I’m not sure if any jobs based here work north of McComb.

I really do like these blue Grand Trunk Western locomotives.

Of course, I miss that black IC paint, too!

Okay, so long, South Yard; it was my first time there, but I’d be back a few times over the years, including at the end of a long day in January 2014.


Making my way south, I explored the towns south of McComb, and I stopped at Magnolia, where I first photographed this car parked at a lineside industry.

Next, we see northbound CN train M319 was making its way toward Illinois.

This train originates in Geismar, Louisiana, and has sense been replaced by the A419.

I don’t know what I did for the next 100 minutes, if I drove to another town and returned to Magnolia, but that’s about how long it was until the next picture, in which we see the M320, the M319′s southbound counterpart.

Check out that neat transformer!

That’s all for April 2007; stay tuned for more photographic goodness in 2007!


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1 Steve Boyko April 28, 2017 at 07:56

Looks like 3 people in that last IC unit!

If it were me, I’d post less repetitive photos, but it’s your blog, do what you want! :)


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