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“All Aboard!” in Etowah

Located near the base of Starr Mountain in east Tennessee is the small town of Etowah. For the folks who call this place home, there is so much to be proud of. One day, as I was waiting for the light to change at an intersection in downtown, a painting on the building across the street caught my attention. I’ve admired it countless times before, but this time I was more intrigued than usual. It’s…

Postcards of L&N’s “Old Line” Railroad

Hello everyone, I know it has been a while since I last published a post on my blog. Let’s just say life has been rather crazy! I have certainly missed writing these posts for everyone to, hopefully, read and enjoy. Writing has always been a creative and relaxing outlet for me. Especially if it is about something I am interested in. Anyway, this particular blog consists of some scans of vintage postcards in my archives…

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 for…

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 golden…

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 my…


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A Blog on the History of Railroading in the South


Welcome! My name is Craig Rhinehardt and I am a L&N Railroad Historian residing in east Tennessee. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, railfanning, antiquing, photography, and spending time with my 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)