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The Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Historical Society

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad Historical Society was organized in 1982 for the purpose of collecting, organizing, preserving, and sharing information and material relating to the L&N, its predecessors and its successors. At its zenith, the L&N was a 6,000-mile railroad system that served 13 states. The railroad was economically strong throughout its lifetime, operating both freight and passenger trains in a manner that earned it the nickname, The Old Reliable.  The society is a non-profit educational organization, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and functions strictly with volunteer members serving as officers.

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Featured Photo


On October 25, 1969, the Chicago Railroad Club sponsored a fan trip to Danville, Illinois and back using the Danville Flyer's equipment (which would normally layover at Dearborn Street Station in Chicago for eight hours each day). Here, the southbound train, powered by one of the former Frisco E8s acquired in 1965, plus ex-C&EI 798, makes a photo stop at Woodland Junction, Illinois. This is the point where L&N ownership of its part of the ex-C&EI ended, with the balance of the run into Chicago on Missouri Pacific trackage rights. In the halcyon days of passenger traffic, this was the route of such famous trains as the Dixie Flyer, Dixieland, and of course the Humming Bird and Georgian.
(Joe McMillan)
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