Old L & N Station

Old L & N Station
Old L & N Station
Old L & N Station is located in Kentucky
Location: 602 N. 3rd Street, Bardstown, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°48′52″N 85°27′54″W / 37.81444°N 85.465°W / 37.81444; -85.465Coordinates: 37°48′52″N 85°27′54″W / 37.81444°N 85.465°W / 37.81444; -85.465
Built: 1860
Architectural style: Greek Revival
Governing body: Private
MPS: Early Stone Buildings of Kentucky TR
NRHP Reference#:


Added to NRHP: July 12, 1990

The Old L & N Station in the northernmost section of the Bardstown Historic District of Bardstown, Kentucky is an historic railroad station on the National Register of Historic Places. Long owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N), it is currently used as the station for the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, owned by R.J. Corman.



The impetus for a railroad departing south from Louisville was begun in 1832 by the citizens of Bardstown. However, after a $300,000 bond issue was defeated by other residents of Bardstown, the main line of the Louisville and Nashville instead bypassed Bardstown.[2]

The station was built in 1860 by the Bardstown and Louisville Railroad, which the Louisville and Nashville Railroad purchased the assets of in 1864. It was the only railroad station in Kentucky built of dry-stone.[3] However, the 18 miles (29 km) line to connect the station to the L&N's main line wasn't until March 1860.[4]

On February 1, 1888 the line was lengthened to connect Bardstown to Springfield, Kentucky.[5]

In 1953 service was discontinued to the station by the L&N, and the passenger section of the station demolished.[6] In 1987 CSX, who had purchased the L&N in the meanwhile, sold the old Bardstown line, including the station, to the R.J. Corman Railroad Group, which has since used it as a Short-line railroad.


The total land area of the station is 30 feet (9.1 m) by 75 feet (23 m). Both the structure, exterior, and foundation are made of dry-stone. There are two rooms in the structure. The roof is made of shallow gable.[7] The original passenger section was destroyed in 1953, but a waiting room addition was added to the station in 1992.[6]


Currently the station is part of the complex for the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, named for the My Old Kentucky Home State Park, where Stephen Foster allegedly got the inspiration for his song My Old Kentucky Home. Customers ride on vintage 1940s-era dining cars pulled by diesel-electric FP7A locomotives for a 150 minute, 37 mile ride to Limestone Springs and back, while engaging in lunch or dinner.[8] Sights to be seen during the ride include Bernheim Forest and the Jim Beam distillery.[6][9]

Within the station itself is a giftshop and an alcohol bar where cocktails are available.[10]



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/natreg/docs/All_Data.html. 
  2. ^ Herr pp.1,8
  3. ^ Murray p.1
  4. ^ Herr p.8
  5. ^ Herr p.100
  6. ^ a b c "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train Train Information". R.J. Corman Railroad Group. http://www.rjcorman.com/dinner/traininformation.html. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  7. ^ Murray pp.1,2
  8. ^ Strecker p.63,64
  9. ^ "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train FAQ". R.J. Corman Railroad Group. http://www.rjcorman.com/dinner/faq.html. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  10. ^ "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train". WMTH Corporation. http://www.trailsrus.com/rail/oldky.html. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 


  • Herr, Kincaid A. (2000). The Louisville & Nashville Railroad, 1850-1963. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813121841. 
  • Murray-Wooler, Carolyn (December 1983). Old L&N Railroad Station NRHP Nomination Form. Kentucky Heritage Council. 
  • Strecker, Zoe Ayn (2007). Kentucky: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot. ISBN 0762742011. 

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