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The Queen & Crescent Route
The Queen & Crescent Route was a series of railroads stretching from the Queen City (Cincinnati) in the north to the Crescent City (New Orleans) in the south, with a branch from Meridian, Alabama, to Shreveport, Louisiana. It consisted of five separate railroads, originally chartered separately -- the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway, Cincinnati to Chattanooga, the Alabama Great Southern Railroad, Chattanooga to Meridian, the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, Meridian to New Orleans, the Alabama and Vicksburg Railway, Meridian to Vicksburg, and the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railway, Vicksburg to Shreveport. At the end of the nineteenth century all these were controlled by the Alabama, New Orleans, Texas and Pacific Junction Railways Company, Limited, incorporated in London on 18 June 1881. This company was sold under foreclosure on 10 November 1916, at which time the Meridian to Shreveport section became part of the Illinois Central and the rest of the lines became part of the Southern Railway (USA). At this time the Chairman was Baron Emile Beaumont dí Erlanger (1866-1939), who was also Chairman of the New General Traction Company, which operated tramways in several British cities, and of the Channel Tunnel Company. Among the Directors was Charles Colin Macrae (1843-1922), the last Chairman of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway. The Secretary was B. R. Tomlinson. In later years the Southern Railway ran a luxury train, "The Queen & Crescent Limited," over the route.
Map of the Queen and Crescent Route
308 ft. high, the High Bridge of Kentucky, over the Kentucky River between Danville and Lexington, Kentucky, is the tallest railroad bridge over a navigable waterway in the USA. Originally built in 1877, it was rebuilt in 1911. This postcard shows the bridge in its 1911 state. In 1929 the track was doubled, at which time the ornamental stone towers at each end were removed
High-strutting ALCO 4-6-0 No. 188, built for the Alabama Great Southern Railroad in 1905
Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railway freight yards at Ruston, Louisiana
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