MidSouth Rail Crane #1600

The MidSouth had this 120 ton capacity railroad crane stored at its yard in Vicksburg, Mississippi. I photographed this crane sometime in late 1989, or perhaps in the early 1990s. The original slide, from which this digital copy was scanned, was destroyed in the flood of 2016, hence my uncertainty of its date.

This crane was constructed in 1913 by the Industrial Works of Bay City, Michigan as serial number 2868. According to information posted by Mike Palmieri, it was originally owned by the Chicago & Alton as their #053, then became Alton X-39, then Gulf, Mobile & Ohio #66408 (where it was converted to diesel power), then Illinois Central Gulf #100406, then MidSouth Rail #1600 before being retired and sold. I’m not sure of its disposition after the sale, so please feel free to chime in if you have further information (or corrections).

MSRC Crane #1600