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Etowah’s L&N Depot Today

If you have ever visited the small town of Etowah in east Tennessee, then you most likely recall the grandeur of the town’s iconic L&N Depot. It stands proud next to the CSX railyard with nearby Starr Mountain providing a picturesque backdrop. When traveling in any direction along Tennessee Avenue, the Depot and its well-maintained grounds are impossible to overlook. This historic building now serves as an informative museum, visitors center, and gathering place forContinue reading “Etowah’s L&N Depot Today”

A Morning in the Sequatchie Valley

I know this isn’t a typical post about railroad history, but I really want to share some of my recent photos with you from an early morning adventure to Pikeville, TN in the Sequatchie Valley. (This area does have some rather interesting railroad history and I’m sure there will be a future post about that). To me, there is nothing better than starting the day very early and watching the sun cast its first goldenContinue reading “A Morning in the Sequatchie Valley”

Finding Nemo in Tennessee

Join me on a short trip to find Nemo… We’ve all seen or heard of the Disney movie “Finding Nemo” before, right? Well, all joking aside, there is a unique destination in Tennessee called Nemo and it is very much worth the time to see. It is located in Morgan County just a short drive from the town of Wartburg. I have frequented this place for several years and it is easily one of myContinue reading “Finding Nemo in Tennessee”


As you may know, I make frequent trips to the eastern Kentucky coalfields researching and exploring old mining sites and railroads. I knew that Tennessee also had its share of coal mining back in the day, but I was surprised to learn about a sizeable operation just down the road from my house near the community of Westel in Cumberland County. It was called the Waldensia Coal and Coke Company and even had a doubleContinue reading “Waldensia”

The L&N Railroad in World War II

During one of the most uncertain times in the history of our nation, America‚Äôs great railroads worked around the clock for Uncle Sam to transport troops, weapons, and other resources to ports where they could be taken to the front lines. Each and every train carrying military assets was vital to victory. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad, (L&N), was one of the elite performers of the World War II era. However, the demand exacted onContinue reading “The L&N Railroad in World War II”


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A Blog on the History of Railroading in the South


Welcome! My name is Craig Rhinehardt and I am a museum curator at a L&N Depot in east Tennessee. When I am not working I enjoy traveling, railfanning, antiquing, photography, and spending time with my two dogs. In this blog, I hope to write about everything that made railroading in the Southland so great. This will involve sharing photos and stories from my travels, discussing items in my railroad collection, and so much more. I hope you follow along by subscribing below. Let’s explore and learn together!!!


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The Southland passenger train near Chatsworth, GA (May 1954)