Mississippi's first railroad was the West Feliciana Railroad completed in 1842.
Norfolk Southern maintains 210 route miles of the states total 2459 miles of tracks.
Amtrak's New York-New Orleans Crescent City makes 4 stops and the Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans makes six stops in Mississippi.
We did not find any rail excursions in Mississippi, but the legend of the locomotive engineer Casey Jones's train wreck in 1900 is well documented in it's museums.
You can find 13 steam locomotives on display in Mississippi.
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The McComb City Railroad Depot Museum preserves the history of the railroads in southwest Mississippi. Rolling stock includes a Illinois Central Mountain type 4-8-2 steam locomotive #2542, a caboose and a wrecking derrick.
The Casey Jones Railroad Museum houses the bell from the 382 which was salvaged from the wreck site. The bell suffered extensive damage to one side but otherwise is mostly intact. Additional museum pieces include prints of many of the photos, a "Sherman's neck tie", a collection of Hobo markings, a model of a train village at the turn of the century and various other railroad artifacts.
The Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad museum displays include railroad items and artifacts from the defunct Casey Jones Railroad, rolling stock, photographs and documents of historical interest. Many of these came from the families of former IC employees and others with an interest in preserving Water Valley's railroad heritage.