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Grenada Railroad

Introduction

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.

History

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.

At A Glance

Reporting Marks: GRYR

Miles of Track: 206

Mississippi Counties, Cities, and Towns Served:

Desoto County Montgomery County
   Southaven    Duck Hill
   Horn Lake    Eskridge
   Hernando    Winona
Tate County Carroll County
   Como    Vaiden
   Coldwater Holmes County
   Senatobia    West
Panola County    Aberdeen Junction
   Sardis    Durant
   Batesville    Goodman
   Courtland    Pickens
   Pope Attala County
Tallahatchie County    Salis (Aberdeen Branch)
   Enid    McAdams (Aberdeen Branch)
Yalobusha County    Kosciusko (Aberdeen Branch)
   Oakland Yazoo County
   Tillatoba    Vaughan
   Scobey Madison County
   Coffeeville (WV Branch)    Canton
Grenada County
   Water Valley Junction
   Grenada
   Elliott
Grenada Railroad Map
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Locomotives Operated: 5

Freight Cars Operated: 33

Service Frequency: 3 days per week

Railroad Connections and Interchange Locations:
Canadian National Railway – Memphis, Tennessee

Commodities Transported:

  • Automotive Parts
  • Chemicals
  • Corn
  • Flour
  • Forest Products
  • Lumber
  • Paper Products
  • Petroleum
  • Plastics
  • Railroad Crossties
  • Soybeans
  • Steel
  • Sulfur

Tariffs:

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Contact

Railroad Emergency
Voice: 888-783-4316

Operating Office
Grenada Railroad, LLC
643 First Street
Grenada, MS 38901
Voice: 662-226-8364
Fax: 662-226-8971

Trevor Costilow, General Superintendent
costilowt@iowapacific.com
Voice/Text: 662-699-9525

Marketing
Steve Gregory, Executive Vice President – Marketing
gregorys@iowapacific.com
Cell: 303-903-9495

Bob Warrick, Manager – Marketing
warrickr@iowapacific.com
330-697-3518

Business Office
Grenada Railroad LLC
118 South Clinton St., Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60661
Voice: 312-466-0900
Fax: 312-466-9589