Monday, November 14, 2011
I was in Clarksville, Tennessee for a couple of days last week for work. I worked long hours and did not have any real chance to do any railfanning, but I did spend a few minutes one lunch hour to see what I could see.
Clarksville is served by the R.J. Corman Railroad Company, over the former Louisville & Nashville line. R.J. Corman calls it the "Memphis Line" and it runs from South Union in Kentucky to Cumberland City in Tennessee. I don't know why it is called the Memphis Line, as it goes nowhere near Memphis.
There is a rather impressive bridge over the Cumberland River in Clarksville (see above). The center span is a swing bridge. I understand it is still operational and used in high water situations to let the river barges pass. It looks like each end is protected by signals..
On one side of the bridge is a long wooden trestle leading up to the river.
More information on the bridge: Photo 1, photo 2
I followed the line for a bit on the east side of the river, and found this R.J. Corman train in a tree-lined corridor.
RJCP 1858 is a GP16 originally built for the Atlanta and West Point Railroad, and was owned by CSX for a while. Flickr photo. The train was fairly short.
I was shooting this with a telephoto from a bridge over the rails, and I couldn't get closer and I didn't have time to wait, so this is as good as it gets. I'm going back again in December so perhaps I will get another opportunity to see the rail action in Tennessee.