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CSX Executive Train to Visit Kentucky Derby

April 30, 2016

CSX plans to send an executive train to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7.

The train will bring VIP guests and policymakers aboard a train pulled by F40PH locomotives.

Jay Westbrook, CSX assistant vice president of passenger operations, said that in some years the trains has had as many as 15 cars.

CSX logo 3Westbrook said CSX views the train as another way to serve customers and collaborate with Kentucky officials on new ways to spur economic development.

One passenger who won’t be aboard will be Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. He was invited, but said he was unable to make the trip.

The train will deadhead from Jacksonville, Florida, to the Kentucky capital city of Frankfort in the days before the Derby.

It will depart Frankfort on the morning of the Derby, which is run in late afternoon.

CSX has arrangements to lease additional passenger cars if needed and to use R.J. Corman Railroad Group tracks between Frankfort and Anchorage.

Special trains to the Derby are as old as the race itself and at one time 12 to 15 special trains descended upon Louisville on Derby Day.

Some specials came from as far away as Texas, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, New Orleans and Chicago.

Upwards of 200 Pullmans would be parked near Louisville Union Station, with many of them providing hotel accommodations for the railroad guests.

Corman and Norfolk Southern have also operated specials to the Derby, but it is not yet known if the NS executive train will be a visitor.

The NS office car train did not operate this year to The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

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3 Railroads Operate Kentucky Derby Specials

May 2, 2015

Norfolk Southern, CSX and the R.J. Corman Rail Group all operated trains to Louisville, Ky., this weekend for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. A previously announced Derby Special by Iowa Pacific Holdings did not operate.

Norfolk Southern sent its executive train behind an A-B-B-A arrangement of F-units.

The NS special departed Altoona, Pa., on April 25 and made its way through Northeast Ohio early last Sunday morning.

The railroad uses the train during Derby Week to entertain shippers and guests prior to the race. The CSX 17-car special departed Jacksonville, Fla., on April 27 for Lexington, Ky.

On April 30 it traveled to the capital city of Frankfort. It then departed on Derby Day for Louisville, the commonwealth’s capital city. Among the guests aboard were Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

Field reports indicate that the CSX special had four cars leased from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

R.J. Corman operated its train with four cars from its Lexington-based dinner train.

Typically, the Corman train departs Lexington around 8 a.m. on Derby day and passes through Frankfort, running to Louisville ahead of the CSX special via the former Louisville & Nashville Old Road.

All three trains are carrying on a decades-long tradition of Derby specials. Nearly all of the railroads serving Louisville used to operate their own Derby specials with Pullmans originating from points many hundreds of miles away from all over the eastern United States.

Iowa Pacific Offering Kentucky Derby Special Train

March 7, 2015

Iowa Pacific plans to operate a special train to the Kentucky Derby via the former Pennsylvania Railroad’s Indianapolis-Louisville line.

The train will depart Chicago at 5:45 p.m. on April 29 on the back of Amtrak’s Hoosier State. Dinner will be served upon departure.

The train will arrive in Louisville at 7 a.m. the next day with breakfast served. The train will park in downtown Louisville and guests may stay on board.

A continental breakfast will be served each morning, but passengers are on their own for lunch and dinner during the stay in Louisville.

The train will depart Louisville on May 2 at 7 p.m. with dinner served. Arrive in Chicago the next day will be at 10:05 a.m. with breakfast served.

The fare is $1,950 and does not include a ticket to the Kentucky Derby.