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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


Atlanta-Cincinnati hotshot intermodal train 44 (running ahead of schedule as an extra) has made its brief daily stop in front of the passenger station at Corbin, KY for a main line crew change on a rainy afternoon in 1966. Up front are three GE U25Bs--prime motive power for L&N's "TOTE" trains at the time. The depot has an interesting history. It was originally a single floor building, but the second story was added in the late '40s to house the Cumberland Valley Division offices, which were moved to Corbin from Middlesboro. After the building was deactivated for railroad use, a fire nearly destroyed it, but major damage was limited to the second floor. Consequently it was restored as a one floor building again, reverting to its original design. The L&NHS will be holding its 2017 convention in Corbin on September 21-23. As details are available, they'll be posted here. In the meantime, circle that weekend on your L&NHS color calendar and plan on joining us for a variety of activities, many of which to be held in this very building. Just don't expect three gray and yellow L&N U25Bs---or a "Big Emma"--- to pull up outside!
(Photo by Ron Flanary)
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