The Louisville & Nashville
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
The "flagship" of L&N's passenger trains was the Cincinnati-New Orleans Pan-American (with a Bowling Green Memphis section as well). Although it was less than a month before the "Pan's" discontinuance, this last remnant of L&N’s once-flourishing passenger fleet, No. 9 (officially No. 409 in the operating timetable) was making its station stop at Bay St. Louis, Miss., on April 7, 1971, with Engines 791-786. The train still carried coaches, a diner-lounge, and a Pine-series Pullman to the very end. The lead unit was purchased new by the L&N, but the trailing E8 is an ex-Frisco unit, one of several the company acquired in 1965 to augment its aging E-unit fleet. The escaping steam between the 786 and the head baggage car is from a leaking steam line connection. Both units had steam generators (basically oil-fired upright boilers) to keep the train heat going in winter, or steam-ejector air conditioning in winter. Even though it was many years removed from the steam locomotive era, steam was still an essential element in the operation of passenger trains.
(J. G. Lachaussee Photo)