Railfanning The Athens/Ardmore Area

Of interest in Athens, AL is a nicely restored station that now houses the L&N Studio, a photo studio that even uses the depot as a backdrop for senior portraits, etc. An L&N freight depot that has been selected to be restored, and an interlocking tower that once stood guard over the connection between the L&N main line and a branch line which was once part of the Nashville and Decatur Railroad also reside in Athens. The branch is still referred to by CSX employees as the old N&D main. Although the branch used to run north and reconnect with the main line close to Brentwood,TN just south of Nashville, it now stops just north of Athens. The portion from Columbia to Pulaski, TN is now used by Tennessee Southern Railroad.

Ardmore, AL is home to one of only four tunnels on the S&NA North Subdivision and sits on the Tennessee-Alabama State lines.

  Useful Scanner Frequencies for The Athens/Ardmore Area

AAR Channel 84 - 161.370 CSX Road
AAR Channel 20 - 160.410 CSX Dispatcher
AAR Channel 77 - 161.265 CSX PBX Falkville and Tanner
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Southbound CSX intermodal train Q025 blasts through the high/wide defect detector in Tanner, AL at the MP299.8.

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Northbound CSX train Q518 sits idle after its crew went "on the law" in the siding at Carey between Athens and Ardmore, AL. This shot was back-lit but I tried to correct it as best I could.

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Southbound CSX autorack train Q235 rolls through Ardmore as it crosses over the state lines between Tennessee and Alabama.

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This nicely restored station in Elkmont, Al is now used as a community center. It lies along the ex-L"N/Nashville and Decatur railroad. The roadbed is now a trail suitable for walking or horseback riding.

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This overview shot of the station at Elkmont, AL shows the roadbed of the ex-L"N. The roadbed is now a walking or horseback riding trail.

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Also on display at the Elkmont, AL railroad station is this privately owned caboose, which appears to be of Seaboard Coast Line heritage.

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With an HLCX leaser on the point, CSX Q578 north strolls past what is left of the interlocking tower than once stood watch over the connections of the N&D and S&NA North subdivisions.

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Northbound CSX coal train T110 passes the 284 milepost where construction was in progress on a new siding at Carey. The siding was completed in April 2007.

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A south bound CSX grain train blasts past the new (as of April 2007) siding at Carey between Athens and Ardmore, AL.

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CSX Q282 rolls through corn fields towards Nashville, TN on the S&NA North Subdivision. This is just north of the new (as of 4-2007) siding at Carey between Athens and Ardmore, AL.

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CSX intermodal train Q127 heads south through downtown Athens, AL.

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A northbound CSX freight with a C40-8 on the point heads through downtown Athens, AL.

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This CSX GP40-2 was used as power on maintenance of way train M042. It is shown tied down here on the old N&D Line in Athens, AL.

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Considered an SD20-2 by CSX, this rebuilt SD35 awaits the call to be used on a maintenance of way train out of Athens. To my knowledge, all of the units of this model have since be retired by CSX.

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The local from Decatur, AL to Lewisburg, TN, CSX M781, is seen here headed north through downtown Athens, AL.

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CSX auto-rack Train Q235 crosses over from Tennessee to Alabama as it passes through Ardmore, AL/TN on its way south on the CSX S&NA North Subdivision. April 7, 2012

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CSX Q025 rolls though the high/wide equipment defect detector at Tanner, AL. There are high/wide detectors on either side of Decatur, AL where the CSX crosses the Tennessee River on a Norfolk Southern owned bridge. Check out the recording of the defect detector at the end of the video clip.

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South of Athens, AL near Tanner marks the location for this clip of south bound CSX train Q595, which features ex-Conrail power on the point and an FURX unit bringing up the rear.

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North bound CSX train Q578 blasts through downtown Athens, AL.

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South bound CSX train Q205 eases from the siding to the main line after waiting for the passing of a north bound train at South Athens, AL.

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