RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Todd and Denver Todd's Railfan Guide to
LA GRANGE KY
GPS Coordinates: 38.407572,-85.378838 (Main St and 1st Ave)
Access by train/transit:
La Grange, KY (population, 8,082) is known to railfans for the "street running" of CSX on Main St. La Grange is one of those charming little towns you find in the south. Once about every 1 or 2 hours, the town stops and lets CSX roll through.
The actual street running is only two blocks long between S 2nd Ave and S Walnut Ave, but it parallels Main St for another block on the east side before crossing Main St, and another 2 blocks or so on the west side before pulling away from Main St.
as chasing CSX goes,
State Highway 146
heading west towards
Louisville follows the
tracks pretty darn well,
almost the whole way
into the downtown area.
Lookout in Crestwood
where you have to cross
the tracks to stay on
146. On the east
side of town, a number
of roads cross the
tracks, and there is a
short section of Fallen
Timber Rd that parallels
There are several restaurants on and near Main Street. One of the best is at "one-nineteen W Main" (38.407401, -85.379601). Quaint shopping to while away time between trains helps make this a relaxing place to railfan. Main St appears to have a lot of small knick-knack type stores to keep even most hardcore railfans busy in between trains. Lodging is south of town, around the I-71 exit 22..... Denver says he prefers the Best Western Asbury Inn.
Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with this and many of my new railfan guides. He has provided the information which is the hard part! :-)
Websites and other
sources of interest for
Railfan & Railroad Magazine, Sept. 2007 (CSX Kentucky Street Running)
Downtown La Grange Info: http://discoverlagrange.org/
City of La Grange: http://www.lagrangeky.net/visitors.asp
One nineteen West Main: www.onenineteenwestmain.com/
La Grange is about halfway between Louisville KY and Cincinnati OH.
Exit 22 off of I-71 puts you on 1st Ave, which will take you directly to the middle of town where you will find the tracks running in the middle of the street.
1 Street Running
This is where the tracks leave/join Main St on the east side of town, adjacent to Cedar Ave.
2nd Ave at the Fire Station.
This is where the tracks leave/join Main St on the west side of town, adjacent to 4th Ave.
2 Ex L&N Depot
GPS Coordinates: 38.408715,-85.374726
Looks like they have built a viewing platform on top of the flat car....
Picture by Slideshow Bruce
Colorlight signals rule here on this ex Louisville & Nashville line. There are signals to the east of town where the siding starts, as well as where the siding ends in town (or vice-versa). The red "X" Marks the downtown intersection of Main St and 1st Ave.
La Grange Fire Department HQ
Main and 1st Ave
Main and 2nd
Stuff Seen Around
Information kiosk is across the street & tracks from the store pictured above.
Not too often you find a picture of the camera Google uses on it's trucks..... Look down if you're zooming around in the Streetview on Google!
Church at Main and 3rd
I've always enjoyed taking pictures of churches, especially older ones which don't seem like they were "poured out of a box", wouldn't wanna replace the roofing on that spire however! :-)
Every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names. Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations. I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area. Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature. While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.
Last Modified 20-Jan-2014