Touch of the South in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Union Terminal served passenger trains of some southern railroads including the Southern and the Louisville & Nashville.

At one time the New York Central had through cars between Chicago and Detroit to Florida and southern points that interchanged in Cincinnati.

But by the time this image of L&N E9A No. 785 was made in Cincinnati in August 1970, those through car services had ended.

This unit would have been assigned to help pull the last L&N passenger train still operating in Cincinnati before Amtrak, the Pan American to New Orleans.

By 1970 L&N had but five passengers trains left in its system.

In the bottom image, we’ve traveled south of the Ohio River to nearby DeCoursey, Kentucky, where we view L&N Alco RS3 No. 179 on Dec. 28, 1972.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

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