The Tennessee Central Railroad began in 1892 to haul coal, iron, and lumber in Tennessee. The line ran from Harriman, TN west 163.5 miles to Nashville, then another 83.5 miles to Hopkinsville, KY, passing through Clarksville, TN. Along the line, there were several small branches. At Harriman, the TC connected with the Southern Railway.
In 1968, the TC was liquidated and parts of it were purchased by the IC, L&N, and Southern Railway. The Tennessee Central endured for over 80 years in the face of very tough odds, and played a considerable part in the economic development of its service region.
Featured Tennessee Central Railway steam subjects for this February post include various locations in Tennessee:
- Tennessee Central #607 – Location and date unknown
- Tennessee Central #606 – Nashville TN 7/18/48
- Tennessee Central #551 – Nashville TN 5/9/40
- Tennessee Central #604 – Nashville TN 7/40
- Tennessee Central #2064 – Nashville TN 7/48
- Tennessee Central #554 – Emory Gap TN 9/38
All photos courtesy of Mr. Bud Laws / Ron Kohlin Collection.
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