Early History of the Railroad line from
Hollow Rock Junction (Bruceton) to Lexington
PADUCAH, TENNESSEE & ALABAMA RR was
projected in the late 1880's
from the bank of the Ohio River at Paducah, Ky., southward to a connection
with the Memphis & Charleston RR at Florence Ala. This proposed
route, which was
never completed south of Lexington, Tenn., would have followed the valley
the Tennessee River practically all the way from Paducah to Florence.
By the end of of the year 1891, the PADUCAH, TENNESSEE
& ALABAMA RR
had been opened for service over 86 miles of track from Paducah through
to Hollow Rock Junction (later Bruceton) where a connection was made with
StL Ry for Nashville. During 1892 the tracks of PT&A RR were
to Lexington, 118 miles from Paducah, and a junction formed with the
Ry, which had been in operation westward of Memphis since 1889.
A 30-year traffic agreement or lease was drawn up and the
PT&A RR took over the
operation of the Tennessee Midland Ry about the end of 1892. In 1893
were placed into receivership. This receivership continued until
1895 when the two
companies were sold under foreclosure, and acquired by the L&N RR to
254-mile Paducah & Memphis Division. In 1896 these lines were leased
to its subsidiary,
the NC & StL Ry, which was in a more favorable position to absorb and
operate the route.
The track below Bruceton (Hollow Rock Junction) became part of the NC&StL
Nashville and Memphis, while the northern line to Paducah, a branch of the
From "Nashville, Chattanooga &
St. Louis Railway: History and Steam Locomotives."
© 1967 by Richard E.
Prince. Published by Indiana University Press, 2001.
Reprinted by permission of Indiana University Press."