North Carolina Railroads - Louisville & Nashville Railroad


Year Chartered or Incorporated

Year Line Operational

Year Service Ended

Original Starting Point

Original Ending Point



1905 in NC


Atlanta, GA

Knoxville, TN
+ 1986 - Merged into CSX Transporation, Inc.
* 1982 - Merged with Seaboard Coast Line to become the Seaboard Systems Railroad.
+ 1923 - Jointly leased with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad from May 11, 1923, by indenture of lease dated October 16, 1924, and the properties delivered to the lessees on October 16, 1924. The leased properties are now being operated for the lessees by a separate organization known as Clinchfield Railroad Company.
+ 1905 - Acquired the Atlanta, Knoxville & Northern Railroad within North Carolina.
+ 1850 - Company organized on March 5, 1850 under the laws of Kentucky.

L&N purchased this line in order to obtain a route into Atlanta, GA. A trackage agreement was negotiated with the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad to allow the L&N access to Atlanta via Marietta, GA.

During the flood of 1916, three of the four routes into and out of Asheville, NC were destroyed. The L&N in this area played a major role in bringing relief supplies into western North Carolina. This continued for several months while the other carriers were rebuilt, and as a result the L&N had such high volume that its tracks needed to be replaced after the other lines were finished.

Severe flooding in 1980 heavily damaged portions of this line, and in 1982 the L&N petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission for abandonment, and it was approved. The remainder of L&N was acquired by Seaboard Coast Line in 1982, and re-organized into the Seaboard Systems Railroad.

In 1986, Seaboard Systems merged with Chessie Systems to create CSX, Transportation, Inc.

Towns on Route (in NC):



Ranger > Oak Park (1912)


NC/GA State Line

The Thirteenth Annual Report of the North Carolina Commission for the Year Ending December 31, 1911, with Compilations from Railroad Returns for the Year Ending June 30, 1911, includes the route of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad:

Towns on Route (13 miles):
Old Murphy
Kinsey Quarry
NC/GA State Line

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