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Railroads that provided Kentucky Derby specials prior to AMTRAK

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Railroads that provided Kentucky Derby specials prior to AMTRAK
Posted by NP Eddie on Saturday, May 7, 2022 8:40 PM

ALL:

How many pre AMTRAK railroads provided Kentucky Derby to and from Louisville and what routes did they take?

 

Also, in 2022 how many specials did the freight railroads run?

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, May 7, 2022 9:47 PM

NP Eddie
ALL:

How many pre AMTRAK railroads provided Kentucky Derby to and from Louisville and what routes did they take? 

Also, in 2022 how many specials did the freight railroads run? 

Ed Burns

For 2022 I am not sure if there were any KD trains operated by the carriers.  Normally there are shots of them showing up on RailPictures.Net several days prior to the Derby - and this year I haven't seen any.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, May 9, 2022 9:58 AM

There was an article in TRAINS in the mid-1960's that discussed Kentucky Derby specials.  Derby specials were operated by PRR, C&O, L&N, MON and perhaps others.

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Posted by CMStPnP on Monday, May 9, 2022 12:22 PM

Both the Southern Railway and later NS used to do this on occassion.    Not sure if they did it every year.    I remember also seeing CSX do it one year.    I used to work in the Louisville suburbs.    Have to also say the IT job market there sucks, was happy to leave.    Spent 2-3 years there.   Very people and family friendly though, work was like a second family almost.

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Posted by NP Eddie on Monday, May 9, 2022 1:33 PM

I have a "Trains" diskette from 1940 to 2010. The article in question if rom May, 1966 and has many pictures and maps of the glory days of Kentucky Derby Trains.

 

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Posted by BaltACD on Monday, May 9, 2022 4:28 PM

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