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On the Road to Paducah, Kentucky 5/16/2021

by Chris Guenzler

We woke up at the Days Inn in Fort Wright and after our morning preparations, we checked out and went to Bob Evans for breakfast. I then drove us to Erlanger and the Historic Erlanger Depot Museum. This is a railfan and family park right along the Norfolk Southern main line in town. I have no photographs from here because I accidentally deleted them and will add Elizabeth's photos in a couple of weeks once we get home and she gets them developed.

The Southern Railway Erlanger station.

The Historic Plaque for this station.

Southern Railway caboose X443. From here we drove to La Grange to our next destination.

The Louisville and Nashville station in La Grange, built in 1910.

The baggage cart at this station.

Mid America Plymouth DDT 10 ton switcher 1 now known as Earnest Engine.

The Earnest flat car.

Louisville and Nashville caboose 0563.

Louisville and Nashville dining car 2723 built in 1929.

Medford Power Station 0-6-0T 7745 built in England in 1952 and named "Flying Duchess" and operated until 1970 when it was sold to the Boyne City Railroad in Grand Falls, Michigan. That railroad ceased in 1982 and it was sold to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, then moved to LaGrange in 2011.

Museum scene.

The railfan tower in LaGrange.

There is street running in LaGrange but no trains at this time. From here we went to Anchorage.

CSX 3162 West, an ES44AC-H, came through Anchorage just after our arrival.

What we believe is the Louisville and Nashville Anchorage station here. I then drove us into Louisville.

Louisville's Union Station built in 1891. Since it was Sunday, we could not go into this building.

The Louisville and Nashville office building built in 1907. It was a short drive to the freight house here.

The Monon freight house in Louisville.

On the way out of Louisville, Elizabeth photographed the bridge on which I rode the Kentucky Cardinal to get to Louisville.

Our trip took us back into Indiana where we stopped for lunch at a Subway in Corydon.

We crossed the Ohio River again.

Entering Kentucky.

The Louisville and Nashville station in Irvington.

Chesapeake and Ohio caboose 3146 built 1968, painted as Louisville and Nashville 903146.

A railroad mural in Irvington.

The Louisville and Nashville coaling tower in Irvington. Our next stop on this journey was Cloverport.

On the way there, we passed a Kentucky Amish buggy.

The Louisville and Nashville Harned station which was a surprise to us as it was not listed in the resource materials we use to find these stations.

Wildflowers on the way to Cloveport.

The Louisville and Nashville station in Cloverport.

Chesapeake and Ohio caboose 3216, painted as Louisville and Nashville 0496.

On the way to Hawesville, our next stop.

The Louisville and Nashville Hawesville station built in 1902.

The Hawesville historical sign.

There is also a caboose here as well.

Chesapeake and Ohio caboose, number unknown, painted as Louisville and Nashville in Hawesville.

On the way to Owensboro.

The Union Station historical sign in Owensboro.

Owensboro Union Station built in 1906 and used by the Louisville and Nashville, Illinois Central and Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis Railway. i then drove over to Interstate 69 to Interstate 64.

The view along Interstate 64.

Crossing the Tennessee River. I drove Elizabeth and I down to the waterfont in Paducah.

The Iron Horse Memorial sign. Along the floodwall are many murals about Paducah's history.

The display train in Paducah.

Illinois Central 2-8-2 1518 built as 1932 in 1911.

Illinois Central heavyweight baggage-railway post office car, number unknown.

Illinois Central outside braced caboose 8045 originally 8112.

The other end of the display train.

More pictures of Illinois Central 2-8-2 1518.

Paducah Railroad History.

Barges on the Ohio River.

A face that any steam lover loves. I drove us over to a freight house in town.

The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis freight house in Paducah.

The Paducah and Louisville Office Building. I took us to Bob Evans for our first dinner there then we checked into the Quality Inn. I wrote the Age of Steam Roundhouse story then called it a night.