Interestingly the L&N never reached Chicago until 1969 when the railroad took over the Chicago & Eastern Illinois’ main
line and gained a direct connection to the city from Louisville when it
took control of the famous, albeit rather small, Monon Railroad in
1971. Both roads were small, regional systems but provided the L&N with new markets that it did not previously reach. The 1970s also signaled the end for the Louisville &
Nashville’s independence. It was during this time that it came under
the Family Lines System banner along with the Clinchfield, Seaboard
Coast Line (a merger between the Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line),
and a number of other smaller lines.
|L&N FA-2 #360 is adorned in the road's earlier black livery with gold lettering as it leads a freight extra, probably somewhere in Kentucky (the author did not know the exact location), during July of 1964.|
Diesel Locomotive Roster
The American Locomotive Company
The Baldwin Locomotive Works
|S1||16-19, 24-29, 34-68||1941-1950||45|
|FA-2||300-321, 350-369, 383-384||1952-1956||44|
The Electro-Motive Corporation/Electro-Motive Division
|GP7||400-440, 500-514, 550-552||1951-1953||59|
|GP9||437, 441-459, 515-522, 553-554||1954-1958||30|
|E7A||458A-461A, 458B-461B, 790-793||1945-1949||12|
|SD40-2||1259-1278, 3554-3613, 8000-8033, 8067-8086, 8095-8126, 8133-8162||1974-1981||195|
|L&N GP7 #399 sits at the yard in Dolton, Illinois with a Missouri Pacific Geep on April 2, 1971.|
|C30-7||7000-7015, 7032-7051, 7062-7069||1979-1980||44|
Steam Locomotive Roster
|B-0 Through B-12||Switcher||0-6-0|
|D-0 Through D-21||American||4-4-0|
|F-0 Through F-8||Mogul||2-6-0|
|G-0 Through G-18||Ten-Wheeler||4-6-0|
|H-0 Through H-29A||Consolidation||2-8-0|
|J-1 Through J-5||Mikado||2-8-2|
|K-1 Through K-7||Pacific||4-6-2|
Notable Passenger Trains
Azalean: Operated between New York and New Orleans in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Southern Railway, and Atlanta & West Point.
Crescent: Southern Railway's premier passenger train
which operated between New York and New Orleans in conjunction with the
Pennsylvania Railroad, Atlanta & West Point, and the L&N (which took it to New Orleans).
Dixie Flagler: Operated between Chicago and Miami in conjunction with the Florida East Coast Railway.
Dixie Flyer: (Chicago - Florida)
Dixieland: Operated between Chicago and Miami in conjunction with the Florida East Coast Railway.
Piedmont Limited: Another of Southern Railway's passenger
trains which operated between New York and New Orleans in conjunction
with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Atlanta & West Point, and the
L&N (which took it to New Orleans).
Southland: (Detroit - Florida)
South Wind: Operated between Chicago and Miami in conjunction with the Florida East Coast Railway.
|Two L&N C420s, #1358 wearing the Family Lines livery and #1320 the standard grey and yellow, roll through the yard at Corbin, Kentucky on May 24, 1981. The railroad was quite fond of Alco's diesel designs, owning 16 of this model and more than 200 altogether.|
With this came a new livery
applied to all of the railroads (with sub-lettering stenciled under
locomotive cabs identifying company) and gone was the L&N’s famous
gray, yellow, and red livery (which, interestingly, the new Family
Lines’ livery also used the same colors). As the 1970s gave way to the 1980s the L&N
would officially be merged out of existence. When the Family Line System
became the Seaboard System Railroad in 1982 under the CSX
Transportation banner, along with the Chessie System, there was little
need for so many different company names and the L&N along with its
other allied roads were merged out of existence that year. While the
L&N is no more today the system and railroad it left behind
continues to be an important part of CSX’s southern lines.