Louisville & Nashville Blotters

Here are some more Florida blotters from the Dale Hastin collection, this time from the Louisville & Nashville. The PDFs of each blotter are between 350 and 450 KB in size.

Most of the trains list on this 1920s-era blotter followed different routes to Florida. The Florida Arrow went from Chicago to Miami on the Pennsylvania, Louisville & Nashville, Atlantic Coast Line, and Florida East Coast. The Flamingo went from Cincinnati to Miami on the New York Central or Pennsylvania, L&N, Central of Georgia, ACL, and FEC. The Southland went from Chicago to Tampa/St. Petersburg on the PRR, L&N, CofG, and ACL. The Dixie Flyer went from Chicago to Miami/Tampa/St. Petersburg on the Chicago & Eastern Illinois, L&N, Nashville, Chattanooga, and St. Louis, CofG, ACL, and FEC. The Dixieland was an all-Pullman, winter-only train that in at least some years followed the same route as the Dixie Flyer.

This 1940 blotter advertises the Southland and Flamingo as two trains to take Atlantans to various Midwestern cities. The schedules show the trains leaving Atlanta roughly twelve hours apart and arriving in Louisville nearly 13 hours later. From Louisville, the trains would continue to Cincinnati and Chicago, while passengers to Cleveland and Detroit would take different trains, though there may have been through sleepers to those cities.

This similarly designed blotter is also from 1940 and advertises trains from Cincinnati “to the South.” Just as the Southland and Flamingo went from Cincinnati to Florida, the Pan-American and Azalean were L&N’s premiere and secondary trains from Cincinnati to New Orleans. Since this was the longest route that stayed on L&N’s own rails, the Pan-American was L&N’s top train until the railroad introduced the streamlined Humming Bird on the same route on November 17, 1946.

The Georgian is the only streamlined train on a blotter today. It went on the L&N from St. Louis to Nashville and the NC&SL from Nashville to Atlanta. The train, a near-twin of the Humming Bird, also began operating in November, 1946, so this postcard must be from that date or soon after.

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