Spirit of St. Louis, the road to Louisville, Kentucky


The Spirit of St. Louis, seen crossing the trestle at Salvisa on its way west toward Louisville. Photo courtesy Gage O’Dell.

Tuesday, September 29th saw the Spirit of St. Louis travel from Cincinnati, Ohio to Louisville, Kentucky. There were many brave individuals out in the rain long the way. Captions and images courtesy Gage O’Dell, who was one of them.


NS 951 crosses the RJ Corman Diamond in Shelbyville in the pouring rain with a pair of Amtrak P42DCs leading 20 passenger cars on the AAPRCO St Louis Convention Charter.

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Amtrak Phase I heritage leads NS 951, the AAPRCO St Louis Convention Charter, through the Southern Searchlights at Avenstoke.


Amtrak 156, the Phase I heritage unit, leads NS 951 through the searchlights at Salvisa.


On a gloomy and grey day, a pair of Amtrak P42DCs lead the AAPRCO St Louis Convention Charter through the tight confines of Harrodsburg.


A shot that will never be duplicated ever again. NS 951, the AAPRCO Saint Louis Convention passenger train, rolls under the Southern searchlights at Delaplain on a gloomy and rainy fall day with the Amtrak Phase I heritage unit leading.

The searchlights expiration date looms in the next couple weeks as the Rogers Gap extension project nears completion. As well as rare mileage of Amtrak power on the CNO&TP. Only once, if not just a handful of times, has Amtrak power ever led on this line, and that was back in the 1980s when they ran a test train down the Central Division for a potential passenger route that only went as far as the testing.


For the first time in well over 30 years, a pair of Amtrak GEs lead a passenger train on the Norfolk Southern Central Division as they take the AAPRCO Saint Louis Convention Charter across the Ohio River Bridge and into the state of Kentucky.

One thought on “Spirit of St. Louis, the road to Louisville, Kentucky”

  1. Fortunate for an unexpected view of the train as it leisurely pasted, eastbound thru Hinsdale IL Monday afternoon, Oct 5th. I almost spilled my coffee as it pass by a local coffee shop. What an surprise!

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