Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway aka NC&StL, NC&Stl.L, ncstl,  




Nashville Division -- "The Windy"

The NC&StL Nashville Division extended from the company's home office city, Nashville, westward through Bruceton and McKenzie to the end of the line in Hickman, Kentucky. The trackage from Nashville to Hollow Rock Junction (Bruceton) was the original Nashville and Northwestern, and was for years referred to by crews as "The Windy" because of numerous curves and grades.

The steam-era of the NC&StL was largely unremarkable until the delivery of the J1 "Mountain" 4-8-2s just after the First World War.  That is, with the exception of the 4-4-0 "General" of Civil War, Western & Atlantic Railroad fame.  The "Mountain" locomotives really introduced modern steam power to the NC&StL, with many of their design innovations incorporated into the later J2's and J3's.  Of little known note, the NC&StL also maintained three enormous 2-8-8-2 "Mallet"s, #s 900-902, which served the majority of their long lives on the Chattanooga Division as helpers.  

Mr. Henry Hill, whose grandfather, H. C. Hill, was the NC&StL Railway official photographer from the 1920's through the early 1950's, has recently developed, printed and scanned some of his grandfather's large negatives of NC&StL locomotives and various other operating equipment (including Mallet #902) and posted them to an image gallery web site (thumbnails).  Click to visit Mr. Hill's NC&StL web site.



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