The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)
Passenger and Freight Services
Passenger and Freight Services.
Located on the lines of the Louisville and Nashville are Mammoth Cave, the famous cavern, recently made the nucleus of a National Park in Eastern Tennessee, and Stone Mountain, a gigantic memorial to the heroes of the late Confederacy, located near Atlanta, Ga. On the face of this mountain (solid granite), which ascends almost perpendicularly some 1,000 feet into the air, are to be carved in heroic dimensions the figures of Jefferson Davis, Generals Lee and Jackson, and various other notables of the Confederacy.
As is the case with the majority of American railroads, by far the majority of the L. and N.'s revenue is derived from the hauling of freight. In normal times, coal constitutes page 48 60 per; cent, of the tonnage handled on the L. and N., and is responsible for 40 per cent, of its revenues. At present due to the economic situation, carloadings on the Louisville and Nashville are at a lower figure than they usually are. Normally, carloadings average around 35,000 cars a week. The capacity of these cars ranges from 30 tons to 50 tons each. About one-half of the tracks over which these cars travel is laid with 100lb. rails. Over one-fourth is laid with 90lb. rails, and the remainder consists of 85lb., 80lb, and 70lb. sections. Ties (sleepers) used are of red oak, sap pine, white oak and cypress. The first two kinds mentioned are seasoned for a year or more and then treated with creosote oil, but the last two are placed in the track unseasoned and untreated. On the L. and N. approximately 2,800 crossties are used for each mile of single track (564.31 miles of the company's line is double-tracked).
Despite the depressed condition of business the company is proceeding with various projects and undertakings requiring the expenditure of large sums of money. These include participation in the construction of a gigantic Union terminal at Cincinnati, Ohio, costing in the neighbourhood of £41,000,000.00 and covering 240 acres, grade separation work in the city of Birmingham, Ala. (259,678 population), involving the elevation of tracks for a distance of 6,500 feet, and construction of a new bridge over the Ohio River at Henderson, Ky.
The general offices of the Company are housed in an eleven-story office building at Ninth and Broadway, in Louisville, Ky. This building is used exclusively by the Louisville and Nashville Railway. From this location are directed the destinies of a road which for seventy-five years or more, in fair weather or foul—either economic or atmospheric—has served its territory well, and, like a gigantic irrigation system of steel, has enriched it immeasurably.page 49
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