Postcard photo of two of the streamlined Rebel trains of the Gulf, Mobile & Northern that traveled between Jackson, Mississippi and Jackson, Tennessee.

(Whitman's Phototypes, Canton, PA., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)



The Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad (reporting mark GMN) was a railroad in the Southern United States. The New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad was reorganized as the Gulf, Mobile and Northern in 1917. 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. 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.

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.


Rebel Passenger Train

While the original Rebel served New Orleans and Jackson, after the merger of the GM&N and Mobile and Ohio to create the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1942, the trains route was extended to St. Louis. 

See main article Rebel