Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad

The Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad (reporting mark GMN) was a railroad in the Southern United States. The first World War had forced government operation upon the company; and in 1919, when it became once more a free agent, it chose Isaac B. Tigrett to chart its new course.[1] Tigrett, a native of Jackson, Tennessee, was president of the GM&N from 1920 and of its successor, the GM&O, from 1938 to 1952, and oversaw the development of the road from a nearly bankrupt operation into a thriving success. He was the great-uncle of Hard Rock Cafe founder Isaac Tigrett, also a native of Jackson.[2]

Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad
HeadquartersMobile, Alabama
LocaleSouthern United States
Dates of operation1917–1940
PredecessorNew Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad, New Orleans Great Northern Railway
SuccessorGulf, Mobile and Ohio
Track gauge4 ft 8+12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length827 miles (1,331 km) in 1940

At the end of 1925 GM&N operated 466 miles of road and 574 miles of track; that year it reported 419 million ton-miles of revenue freight and 12 million passenger-miles.

On September 13, 1940, the GM&N was merged with the Mobile and Ohio Railroad to form the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad.[3]

Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad 425, an Ex-GMN locomotive

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  1. ^ Railroad Magazine, January 1945, Vol.37, No 2
  2. ^ Lesley Barker, St. Louis Gateway Rail: The 1970s, Arcadia Publishing, 2006, p. 51
  3. ^ "Corporate Family Tree/Flow Chart". The GM&O Historical Society, Inc. Archived from the original on 2007-03-14. Retrieved 2006-04-21.


  • Drury, George H. (1985). The Historical Guide to North American Railroads. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing Company. pp. 149–151. ISBN 0-89024-072-8. LCCN 85080107.