Standing on 10th Street in downtown Clarksville, it’s hard to imagine that this was once a bustling transportation hub around the turn of the 20th century. Passenger trains no longer pass through the city and freights trains are seldom seen. But, the tracks are there and they are still in use. The old depot, known by locals as the L&N Station, still stands, but it no longer serves weary travelers stepping off a train from Louisville, or passenger ready to being a trip.
With the January 2004 edition, The Cross-Tie marks an anniversary — one year. In January 2003, The Cross-Tie published its first issue with a cover story about the Feb. 8, 1868, strike on the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad. Nine issues were subsequently published, containing railroad-related news and features. Inside this issue, a recap of the 10 issues of The Cross-Tie published in 2003 is presented. Also, in December, Railfanning.org launched a new message board, allowing registered users to post their opinions on railroad-related topics. The new message board, which launched Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, is available by logging onto
Todd DeFeo, publisher of The Cross-Tie, presents a lecture — Railroads in Clarksville: The Present and the Future — to a journalism class at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. DeFeo presented the lecture on Oct. 30. Much of the basic information in the presentation can be viewed at Railfanning.org. For more information, log onto: http://railfanning.org/trackside/clarksville/. Three major railroads passed through Clarksville — the Tennessee Central Railway, later the Illinois Central Gulf; the Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad, later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad; and the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad, later the L&N Railroad and today the line