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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.
You will find books, DVDs, magazines and many other items.
Find information on our annual convention by clicking on the Convention section from the menu above.


Featured Photos


Junta Tower at Cartersville, Georgia, was one of the busiest mainline junctions on the L&N. In March 1979, SW7s 2233 and 2226 (both former NC&StL units) are MUed, and fowling the former NC&StL main line to Chattanooga and Nashville—the line to the left. To the right is the former L&N Knoxville & Atlanta Division main to Etowah, Corbin and Cincinnati. Cartersville is the location for the 2020 L&&NHS Convention (see "Convention" for current details. Although Junta was closed, and later demolished, today's CSX mains through Cartersville still see a fair amount of traffic. (Robert S. Kaplan Photo)
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