L&N Wilder Main

    The former L&N Wilder Main was originally part of the LCL "Short Line" main until the crossing of the line to Corbin was removed in the mid-1980's.  This important, albeit short piece of railroad hosts a major online customer in Newport Steel and handles several daily coal trains operating between the former L&N to Corbin and the former C&O to Russell.  The line used to cross the C&O at NX Cabin and continue north down the middle of Saratoga Street in Newport and across the Ohio River to junction with the Pennsylvania Railroad at the foot of Mount Adams in Cincinnati.  The tracks were removed in 1985, but the bridge remains and is now a popular tourist attraction known as the "Purple People Bridge".

Mile Post (southbound) Station Name Notes
T 108.6 NX Cabin Jct. C&O to Russell, Kentucky
T 108.2 Mahogany Yard
T 106.5 Wilder Licking River Bridge
T 105.6 Latonia Jct. L&N to Corbin, Kentucky

Radio Frequencies

160.230 Road

161.100 LC Dispatcher

Newport, Kentucky, before all of the redevelopment and railroad abandonement.
Southbound on the approach to the Ohio River Bridge.
A southbound GTW / DT&I train approaches NX Cabin in 1983.
CSX N259 has just passed NX Cabin and now heads south to Latonia and Decoursey.
Same spot, other side, and with a different train.  Bobby Mackey's is visible on the right.
CSX welded rail train W019 passes Newport Steel at Wilder.
Southbound N261 crosses the Licking River as viewed from the Wilder boat launch.
A Penn Central transfer southbound over the Licking River at Glenn Avenue in Latonia.

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