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 rays out from behind a mountain still lightly blanketed with fog or across an open field covered in dew. Experiencing the sunrise is something I look forward to every morning, weather permitting, either during my long drive to work or on a relaxing ride through the country on my day off. I have a fear of wasting my life and missing out on interesting things, so I am normally awake early and eager to see what the day has in store. I hope you enjoy these photos and if you’re one of those people who find it difficult to get out of bed early, then I hope you are inspired to get out and enjoy a nice sunrise sometime soon! It will give you a renewed outlook!
This is my first ever blog post! It feels like such an accomplishment to be making this dream a reality at last. I am eager to see how far this takes me and I cannot thank you enough for your support. In return, I hope to post material that you find engaging and informative. Anyway, the purpose of this post, which is really a test to resolve any issues or glitches, is to discuss my blog in general. I will explain some of the reasons for creating it along with other details. My plan is to publish one post per week on Wednesday’s by 7 pm ET. Be sure to subscribe by email on the main page so you don’t miss out! Ask friends and family that may be interested to do the same.
Blogging about the rich history of railroading in the Southland is something I have always wanted to do, but never acted on… until now. My goal is to explore and write about everything that made railroading in the South so great. From the once prosperous coalfields of eastern Kentucky to the intriguing railroad loop tucked away in the Tennessee hills, there is a lot of ground to cover. This blog will allow me to share details and photos from my adventures, showcase my collection of railroad treasures, and provide useful information.
You may be wondering if there is a reason for the name and logo I chose. The answer is yes. In fact, I devoted a lot of time and thought towards making it all fit together perfectly. If you’re a true L&N fan, like myself, then you may have already caught the reference to the passenger train The Southland in the name. This train’s route would have passed through eastern Kentucky and Tennessee as it traveled from Chicago, IL towards the sunshine and warmth of Florida. These areas are some of my favorite along the L&N system and I often wish passenger service was still available for us to experience the scenery by train. To honor this, I decided to reference The Southland in the name of my blog. Since the majority of my posts will be on the broader topic of railroad history in the South, the name is also appropriate in that regard. Next, we will discuss the logo in more detail…
The logo also has a few interesting features of its own worthy of mention. Most of this has to do with the colors. No, they were not chosen at random. These colors are actually the same as those used on L&N rail equipment. By using the appropriate hex code, I could make certain the logo’s colors were very close to the real thing. Think of those blue L&N boxcars with the yellow lettering on them. Those same colors inspired this logo and can also be found on many other features throughout my homepage. (On a side note, the shade of blue used on L&N passenger equipment was not the same. It was much darker). Since blue is calming, I wanted it to be the primary color/background for the logo. The yellow in the lettering of “Stories” contrasted perfectly against this background; exactly how it was intended. The font I chose wasn’t special aside from its vintage appearance. The finishing touch was the section of railroad track seen as part of the background. In a very quaint way, this lets the viewer know the blog is railroad-related.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read! As I mentioned in the beginning, this post was meant as a test. We all know how crazy things can be in the beginning stages. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to sharing another post with you next Wednesday evening. I hope you will join me. Spoiler alert! The post will be about the old days of passenger train service in Etowah, TN.
Have a fantastic rest of your week!!! – Craig