Fall colors are beginning to show as a wine tasting special heads east across this beautiful stretch of ex-L&N rails.
Anticipating a merger, L&N numbered these in a new number series. I didn't work out.
"BellRail" Sunday at KSHCO (Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation) brought about a rare photo op with their cosmetically restored L&N (Family Lines) C30-7, as CSX local L35223 brought empt... (more)
Originally TC, this unit was switching. At times it was a slug mom but on this date the unit was teamed with a C420. I wish now we had shot some of those US Steel hoppers.
In the latter years a butthead was hard to find (not as hard as an SD38-2!). I was glad to see this over ever near sundown.
What a great tpwn in the times before mergers.
The "Wine Tasting" excursion is about to leave on the return to Nashville.
Former C&EI unit captured by Mike Dolenski. From my collection.
Photo by Dave Petke, from my collection.
One of those days when you say "it doesn't get much better than this". Here a northbound L&N train passes thru after running from St. Paul on rights over NS.
At the north end of the yard, just hanging around. This was their territory. Photo by Dave Petke. From my collection.
Interesting trucks on this unit. They are the old style. Note the "tabs" on the truck casting between the axles. These were more common on earlier 6-axle units.
Groady and worn looking this unit reminds us that the good old days were not that great at times but I still miss the L&N. Photo by Mike Dolenski from my collection
With Southern being the big show in Chattanooga, L&N moved its main yard south of town right on the Georgia line. Here a grizzled old vet shows years of hard work at the small engine facility.
In those days we always expected Alcos here and finding a low horsepower EMD B-B was a big surprise. This is the Patio switcher spotting a reefer.