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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.

To become a member of the Louisville & Nashville Historical Society please visit the Membership section of our website.
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Find information on our annual convention by clicking on the Convention section from the menu above.


Featured Photo


Train 209, the southbound combined Pan-American/South Wind, crests the small grade at Gap in Knob, KY on an April morning in 1970. Two E7s are on the point, and they're making time on the Main Stem toward Bowling Green, Nashville and points south. The South Wind cars will come off at Montgomery, to be handled to Florida by the SCL, while the rest of the train will continue to New Orleans. The location for this photo marks the northern corporate limits of Shepherdsville, KY, where the 2016 L&NHS Convention will be held on Thursday, September 29th through Saturday, October 1st. Consult the "Convention" tab of the web site for details. While the "Pan" is long gone, today's CSX runs quite a few trains over this same route—so come to the convention, bring your camera, and be prepared for a great weekend.
(Photo by Tom Smart, Dan Dover Collection)
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