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NC&STL Public Timetables (August, 1952)

Published: March 4, 2024

By: Adam Burns

Presented here is the late-era NC&StL's public timetables from the August, 1952 issue of the "Official Guide."

The Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway (NC&StL) was a significant transportation line that operated in the Southeastern United States in the mid-19th to mid-20th century.

Established in 1845 as the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad by engineer and railroad promoter, Vernon K. Stevenson, it played an integral part in the American Civil War, facilitating military logistics due to its strategic location.

The railway evolved into the NC&StL in 1873 and expanded rapidly, adding lines extending to Atlanta and the Mississippi River. By 1957, it operated approximately 1032 miles of track. Its primary role was to carry freight, including cotton, coal, and iron, contributing significantly to the industrialization and economic growth of the Southern United States.

In 1957, the NC&StL was fully absorbed by the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad, marking the end of its operation under its original name. Despite this, the NC&StL's significant influence on the region's economic development and transportation infrastructure is well remembered today.

Public Timetables (August, 1952)

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