The Illinois Central Railroad (ICRR) operated approximately 600 miles of mainline track throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, stretching from the Mississippi River to the central part of the state. In addition to Louisville, the ICRR also served dozens of small towns. Kentucky's economy was built around coal mining and farming, and the ICRR played a major role in both industries.
In a new pictorial history book by author Clifford J. Downey, over 200 vintage photographs chronicle the ICRR’s fleet of fast passenger trains and the coal trains that hauled a wide variety of agricultural products including tobacco, grain and fresh fruit.
The author hopes the book “will make some folks say “Wow, I forgot about that” while others will say “Gee, I didn’t realize the railroad did this.”
Highlights of Kentucky and the Illinois Central Railroad:
• IC’s part in establishing bananas as a popular fruit
• The all-Pullman Panama Limited, which whisked passengers between Chicago and New Orleans in unparalleled comfort and luxury
• IC’s role as a major employer
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at 888.313.2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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