In Wayne County, West Virginia, particularly in its rural areas, lie the abandoned tunnels of the former Kenova District, Scioto Division of the Norfolk & Western Railway.
The Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railroad’s Rowland Branch stands as a testament to an era when railroads were the heartbeats of American towns. Stretching across 33 miles, this line linked Stanford on the L&N’s Lebanon Branch to Richmond, passing through Lancaster.
Despite a weather forecast that called for all-day rain, I was on the hunt for several historic bridges in the southwest coalfields of West Virginia.
I visited two former Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad branch lines in eastern Kentucky that have been transformed into rail trails on a pleasant spring afternoon.
After a dreary morning of low-hanging clouds, gusty winds, and off-and-on showers, the sun came out just in time for these evening scenes of the bridges of the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area.
Nestled in Pocahontas County, West Virginia is Sharps Tunnel along the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Greenbrier Division.
Kentucky is a state with few 19th-century historic trusses remaining in its statewide bridge inventory. That’s why it was surprising to come across fairly rare trusses and a tunnel in Walbridge, Kentucky.
The former Norfolk & Western Railway Twelvepole Line features over 35 bridges and several notable tunnels – many since replaced.
The Lenox Railroad was a short logging and coal railroad that connected to the Morehead & North Fork Railroad at Redwine, Kentucky—which included a tunnel at Leisure.
Several weekends ago, I rediscovered the circa 1882 Tunnels No. 1 and No. 2 along the Toledo, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad in southern Ohio.