NC&StL Steam Feature for August 2019

Featured subjects this month are of Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Yellow Jacket and Stripe locomotives in Nashville and Chattanooga:

All images courtesy of Mr. Charles Castner (L&N Historical Society) and Mr. Frank Ardrey.


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Depot Doings: Guntersville, AL / Decherd, TN / Murfreesboro, TN / Nashville, TN / Tullahoma, TN / Winchester, TN

Featured NC&StL Railway depots for this December post include various locations in Alabama and Tennessee:

  • NC&StL Depot – Guntersville, AL – Date unknown
  • NC&StL Depot – Decherd, TN – 1978
  • NC&StL Depot – Murfreesboro, TN – Date unknown
  • NC&StL Depot – Nashville, TN – Date unknown
  • NC&StL Depot – Tullahoma, TN – 1978
  • NC&StL Depot – Winchester, TN – 1978

All photos courtesy of DepotMaps.com and Tom Rock.


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Depot Doings: Andalusia, AL / Wartrace, TN / Johnson City, TN / Newport, TN / Chattanooga, TN

Featured depots on the blog this month are L&N, NC&StL, and Southern at various Alabama and Tennessee locations.


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Depot Doings: Belton, SC / Conway, SC / Heath Springs, SC / Albertville, AL / Andalusia, AL

Featured depots on July’s Depot Doings are located in Belton, SC; Conway, SC; Heath Springs, SC; Albertville, AL; and Andalusia, AL.

The depot at Belton, SC, was constructed by the Southern Railway around 1910. Due to its location near the town square, it was an important focal point of the area. After the loss of passenger service in the 1960’s and a slowdown in freight shipping, the depot was abandoned by the Southern and acquired by the city. The depot was placed on the National Historic Register on August 13, 1979. Restoration efforts were completed in 1983. Following restoration a portion of the museum housed the Anderson County Library until 2004 when it was relocated. In 2006, the depot became the new home to the Ruth Drake Museum and South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Museum.

Southern Depot - Belton, SC (Credit: www.panoramio.com)

Southern Depot – Belton, SC (Credit: http://www.panoramio.com)

The depot at Conway, SC, was constructed by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1928. It is a long, rectangular, one-story, gable-roofed, frame board-an-batten building. It features wide overhanging eaves. The depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 18, 1995. The Atlantic Coast Line was eventually absorbed into the Carolina Southern Railroad which is a member of the Carolina Rails system. Excursion trains on the Waccamaw Coast Line occasionally run from Conway.

Atlantic Coast Line Depot - Conway, SC (Credit: www.condrenrails.com)

Atlantic Coast Line Depot – Conway, SC (Credit: http://www.condrenrails.com)

The depot at Heath Springs, SC, was constructed by the Southern Railway in 1903. Its primary use was in the transportation of cotton, cottonseed and cotton oil products from nearby farms and cotton oil mills, textiles and granite from a nearby quarry. The depot served Southern Railway freight and passengers from 1903-1940. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1990.

Southern Depot - Heath Springs, SC (Credit: www.sciway.net)

Southern Depot – Heath Springs, SC (Credit: http://www.sciway.net)

The depot at Albertville, AL, was constructed by the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway in 1892, one year after the town was incorporated. The building measures 112 ft x 40 ft and is divided into three rooms: two offices and one large warehouse. Passenger service ended in the 1940’s, although the depot remained in use for freight. The depot was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 20, 1975. The building was renovated for use as a seniors center in the mid-1990’s. A former L&N caboose next to the depot houses the Albertville Museum.

NC&StL Depot - Albertville, AL (Credit: wikipedia.org)

NC&StL Depot – Albertville, AL (Credit: wikipedia.org)

The depot at Andalusia, AL, was constructed by the Central of Georgia Railroad in 1899. It is the oldest and only wooden commercial building in downtown Andalusia. The depot now houses the Three Notch Museum, which includes the depot, several railroad cars, a country store, a log cabin, railroad memorabilia and period items. The restored depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Central of Georgia Depot - Andalusia, AL (Credit: www.flickr.com)

Central of Georgia Depot – Andalusia, AL (Credit: http://www.flickr.com)


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Depot Doings: Nashville, IL / Knoxville, TN / Wetumpka, AL / Cartersville, GA

LN-logoFeatured Louisville & Nashville depots on the blog this month are those in Nashville, IL; Knoxville, TN; Wetumpka, AL; and Cartersville, GA.

The depot at Knoxville was built in 1905. It served as a passenger station until 1968 when the L&N ceased passenger service to Knoxville. The station continued to house L&N offices until 1975. It remained vacant until 1980 when Alex Harkness and his partners purchased it. In 1982 it was renovated for use during the Worlds Fair. In 1985 it was further renovated by Alex Harkness and Station 82 partners for use as office and special events.

The depot at Nashville, Illinois, was built in 1885 as part of the L&N’s expansion through Southern Illinois in the 1880’s. The building has a simple vernacular design common to L&N depots in small towns, which were intended to be functional rather than elaborate. The depot also served as an information center for Nashville. The depot remained in service as late as the 1950’s but closed sometime prior to 1984. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places March 1, 1985.

The depot in Wetumpka, Alabama, was built in 1906. The station served as a passenger and freight depot until service was terminated in the 1930’s and as a freight depot until 1973. In 1975 it was purchased by the First Methodist Church of Wetumpka and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cartersville, Georgia’s former NC&StL depot looks a bit stubby because the freight room, which occupied some three-fourths of the buildings 200 foot length was demolished in 1972. The surviving passenger section dates to 1902. Parts of the walls on the freight side are older, dating back to the 1850’s and 1860’s. The original Western & Atlantic depot on this site was constructed in 1854. In 1890 the W&A was leased to the NC&StL which merged with the L&N in 1957. L&N was folded into CSX in 1980. CSX still operates the line under a lease from the State of Georgia, which has owned it through its entire history.


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Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Steam Feature for December 2013

NC & St L LogoFeatured subjects on December’s steam feature post are of Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Yellow Jacket and Stripe locomotives at various locations:

  • NC&StL # 570 Yellow Jacket @ Nashville, TN
  • NC&StL # 570 Yellow Jacket (taking sand) @ Nashville, TN
  • NC&StL # 585 Stripe @ Nashville, TN
  • NC&StL # 583 Stripe @ Chattanooga, TN
  • NC&StL # 584 Stripe @ Chattanooga, TN
  • NC&StL # 583 & # 584 Departing Chattanooga, TN

All images courtesy of Mr. Charles Castner (L&N Historical Society) and Mr. Frank Ardrey.


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Depot Doings: Blue Ridge, GA / Jasper, TN / Charleston, TN / Danville, KY

Today’s featured Southern Railway depots are Charleston, TN (1978) and Danville, KY (1980). Featured Louisville & Nashville Railway depot is Blue Ridge, GA. (1981) and NC&StL Railway depot is Jasper, TN (1980).

The Southern depot in Charleston, TN has been razed and replaced by a small brick building. The Southern depot in Danville, KY is still currently standing; I believe it is still being utilized by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The NC&StL depot in Jasper, TN has been restored and currently houses Jasper’s City Hall. The L&N depot in Blue Ridge, GA has been restored and currently houses the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, a tourist short line railroad.

L&N Railway Depot - Blue Ridge, GA (Credit: Tom Rock)

NC&StL Railway Depot - Jasper, TN (Credit: Tom Rock)

Southern Railway Depot - Charleston, TN (Credit: Tom Rock)

Southern Railway Depot - Danville, KY (Credit: Tom Rock)


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