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The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963

by Kincald A. Herr

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963 Synopsis

When the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was founded in 1850, it was the first major railroad in the west, and the only one headquartered 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 and 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 favour of the diesel. During the late 1950s and early 60s, the railroad experienced significant expansion in the South, where the economy was being fuelled 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 long time 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. Even after all these years, this volume remains the concise, illustrated history of The Old Reliable for its many fans around the world.

The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963 Press Reviews

It is a welcome event that this book is once again available. -- Anniston (AL) Star A lively and broad look at 'The Old Reliable.' -- Trains Herr has the knack for telling some fascinating tales about the L&N and its service territory. -- Historian An important work for Tennessee and railroad history. -- Tennessee Librarian Illustrated with a veritable treasure trove of photographs and drawings spanning the life of the company. -- R. Lyle Key Jr. A 'jewel' in railroad history. -- McCormick (SC) Messenger Provides a well-written and richly detailed narrative of the evolution of America's railroads of the world they did so much to shape. -- Carlos Schwantes This is the best history of the L&N. -- Bulletin of the Railroad Station Historical Society Interesting and well illustrated. It should be a welcome gift for anyone who likes to read about railroads or the history of those states connected by the L & N Railroad. -- Bowling Green Daily News A classic and thorough history of an American institution. -- Bookman News, Library Booknotes

Book Information

ISBN: 9780813193182
Publication date: 1st November 2009
Author: Kincald A. Herr
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 275 pages
Categories: Railway transport industries, Trains & railways: general interest, Social & cultural history,

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