The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963


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The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963 by Kincaid A. Herr

When the Louisville & Nashville Railroad was founded in 1850, it was the first major railroad in the West, and the only one head-quartered in Kentucky. In the twentieth century, the L&N grew into one of the nation's major rail systems, reaching from the Great Lakes to the Ohio River Valley and down to Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Kincaid Herr worked for the Louisville & Nashville for more than forty years, and this book originated as a series of articles that he wrote for L&N Magazine between 1939 and 1942. After various printings through the 1940s and '50s, this fifth edition, completely revised and updated, was released in 1964.

The 1950s saw the reluctant abandonment of the old steam engine (the L&N was a major coal-carrying railroad) in favor of the diesel. During the late 1950s and early '60s, the railroad experienced significant expansion in the South, where the economy was being fueled by new industry. Coal, automobiles, mail, and passengers all counted on the L&N to get them around the region.

Herr traces the development and expansion of the L&N system over a century and profiles important company figures, such as longtime L&N president Milton Smith. Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan and railroad bandit Morris Slater also find their place in this entertaining history. Four appendices on topics ranging from the materials used to build trains to passenger equipment to motive power round out the complete, but accessible, account.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813121840
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 09/28/2000
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2000 Editionvii
Author's Noteix
Chapter IAn Acorn is Planted1
Chapter IIBehind the Blueprints6
Chapter IIIWresting a Passageway11
Chapter IVThe Course is Shaped15
Chapter VFirst Through Train20
Chapter VIMars in the Ascendant29
Chapter VIIRecovery from War39
Chapter VIIISouthward to Coal and Iron45
Chapter IXYellow Jack and Teredos53
Chapter XCoke Feeds the Furnace62
Chapter XIPresidential Parade67
Chapter XIIChanging the Rail Gauge76
Chapter XIIIGrowth in Mining Areas84
Chapter XIVEntering the Cumberlands91
Chapter XVExpanding Services100
Chapter XVIBuilders and Wreckers108
Chapter XVIIMore Bluegrass Pastures114
Chapter XVIIIAlabama Steel120
Chapter XIXConsolidation Maneuvers127
Chapter XXNashville's New Station135
Chapter XXISouthward--to Georgia144
Chapter XXIINew Fields of Usefulness151
Chapter XXIIIL'Affaire Gates--Hawley160
Chapter XXIVShop Talk164
Chapter XXVY's and Otherwise169
Chapter XXVIA Look at Eastern Kentucky178
Chapter XXVIINorth Fork Extension187
Chapter XXVIIIHarlan County Coal199
Chapter XXIXAdjustment to War207
Chapter XXXFederal Control214
Chapter XXXIWar's Aftermath223
Chapter XXXIIAn Era Ends230
Chapter XXXIIIWe Mend Our "Ways"238
Chapter XXXIVBelt-Tightening247
Chapter XXXVWater on the Track256
Chapter XXXVIWar Again!266
Chapter XXXVIIWorld War II Years274
Chapter XXXVIIIThe First Century Ends282
Chapter XXXIXFirst Ten--Second Hundred290
Chapter XLInto the Space Age304
Appendix IFrom Wood to Steel328
Appendix II"Varnish" Train Ensemble337
Appendix IIIL. & N. Motive Power349
Appendix IVL. & N. Roadway and Track367
Presidents of the L. & N385
Railroads Acquired, Leased or Constructed388
In Grateful Acknowledgment389

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