The Tennessee Central’s Long and Sordid History

September 16, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

The Tennessee Central Railway, which at its heyday operated a line between Harriman and Hopkinsville, Ky. Like other railroads in the latter half of the 19th century, the Tennessee Central grew after combining a slew of smaller short lines, many of which bore the name “Tennessee Central.”

The Brief Tenure of the Illinois Central Gulf in Middle Tennessee

October 1, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — After the Tennessee Central wrapped up its operations on Aug. 31, 1968, some of the railroad’s locomotives were parked in Hopkinsville, Ky., news accounts suggest. The next day, the Illinois Central assumed the line’s operations between Hopkinsville and Nashville, Tenn. The line operated as part of the Illinois Central’s — and subsequently the Illinois Central Gulf’s — Evansville District. But, about a decade later, the railroad announced its intention to vacate its line through Middle Tennessee. In March 1978, the (Hopkinsville) Kentucky New Era newspaper reported the railroad was looking at closing the 158-mile line between Evansville,

Get in touch with Casey Jones and Jackson’s railroad past

April 30, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

JACKSON, Tenn. – When Casey Jones’ locomotive crashed near Vaughn, Miss., he vaulted into history and American folklore. The subject of songs and books, Jones, who died on April 30, 1900, has become a larger than life figure in American history in the 11 decades since his death. But, finding the real Casey Jones is as simple as driving to Jackson, Tenn., where visitors can see the humble home where Jones lived at the time of his death. Born John Luther Jones on March 14, 1863, in Southeast Missouri, he grew up in Cayce, Ky., the town that provided him

Tennessee Central Railway

December 31, 2006 Todd DeFeo 0

The Tennessee Central Railway connected Nashville, Tenn., and Hopkinsville, Ky. The railroad operated until it went bankrupt in 1968. It was taken over by the Illinois Central Gulf, which operated trains through Clarksville until the early 1980s.

Editor Lectures on Clarksville Railroads

December 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

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 For more information, log onto: 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

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