Mississippi tourist railroads you must visit include a restored depot to a museum dedicated to the most famous engineer and everything in between in the Magnolia State. Here’s our list of must-see tourist railroads, museums, and displays — for almost every region in Mississippi.
Canton Train Museum
Canton’s depot served Illinois Central freight and passenger trains such as the Green Diamond, Panama Limited, and City of New Orleans. Built in 1890, the depot has been restored as a museum that showcases the rail history of Canton and the surrounding area. While in town, you can also visit several movie museums, which are dedicated to films such as O Brother, Where Art Thou which was filmed in Canton.
Location: 108 Depot Drive, Canton
McComb City Railroad Depot Museum
Originally built in 1901, the McComb Deport and museum is home to railroad equipment and artifacts on display. On May 31, 2021, a devastating fire ripped through the depot building. The City of McComb is determined to rebuild the structure and reopen the museum. The facility is to be restored as close to its original form as possible. While the museum is presently closed, you can follow the reconstruction process on their Facebook page.
Location: 108 North Railroad Avenue, McComb
Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum
The restored Water Valley depot contains Illinois Central and local railroad items, photographs, and documents. It also displays an Illinois Central caboose and a banana car. The museum serves as a dedication to the life and legacy of John Luther “Casey” Jones, full of artifacts and memorabilia to tell the story of the famous engineer. The Water Valley Casey Jones Railroad Museum is usually open on Saturday.
Location: 105 Railroad Avenue, Water Valley