Railroad 100% Embroidered Patch Collectible - GM&O The Alton Route 4" X 2 1/4"
Similar to the Chessie System in the east, the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad of the Midwest and South was a short-lived railroad whose legend continues to live on today. The GM&O wasn?t created until the early days of diesel power and it was gone by the early 1970s. However, during its roughly 40 years of operation it was a fierce competitor and although always surrounded by giants it held its own in many of the markets it served, which is not surprising as the railroad is also known as The Rebel Route. The Gulf Mobile and Ohio was actually created to take control of the Gulf, Mobile & Northern and Mobile & Ohio railroads. The GM&N dates back to the mid-1910s when the New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago was reorganized, a railroad which connected Mobile, Alabama with Middleton, Tennessee. The M&O on the other hand was constructed in the late 19th century to connect the Gulf Coast with points north, in this case being St. Louis, Illinois and the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers at Cairo, Illinois.