Dates of Operation: 1850-1982 (132 years)
Chartered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1850, the road grew into one of the great success stories of American business. Operating under one name continuously for 132 years, it survived civil war and economic depression and several waves of social and technological change. Under Milton H. Smith, president of the company for thirty years, the L&N grew from a road with less than three hundred miles of track to a 6,000-mile system serving thirteen states. As one of the premier Southern railroads, the L&N extended its reach far beyond its namesake cities, stretching to St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, and New Orleans. The railroad was economically strong throughout its lifetime, operating both freight and passenger trains in a manner that earned it the nickname, "The Old Reliable." (Paragraph taken from wikipedia.)
Louisville & Nashville Passenger Trains- Operated all of N.C.&St.L.'s "Dixie" passenger trains. (See January's edition.)
CSX AC44CW #323 shows the "old style" Louisville & Nashville logo. CSX had recently started putting its predecessor railroad's logos on their locomotives in 2015. Photo taken from heritageunits.com.