Todd and Denver Todd's Railfan Guide to

In General
Getting Here
Fire & Police


In General

Location / Name:
     La Grange  KY

What's Here:
     Street running.
     Vintage depot.


     GPS Coordinates: 38.407572,-85.378838 (Main St and 1st Ave)

     ZIP 40031

Scanner Frequencies:
     CSX: 161.370


Access by train/transit:



The Scoop:

La Grange, KY (population, 8,082) is known to railfans for the "street running" of CSX on Main St.  La Grange is one of those charming little towns you find in the south. Once about every 1 or 2 hours, the town stops and lets CSX roll through. 


The actual street running is only two blocks long between S 2nd Ave and S Walnut Ave, but it parallels Main St for another block on the east side before crossing Main St, and another 2 blocks or so on the west side before pulling away from Main St.


As far as chasing CSX goes, State Highway 146 heading west towards Louisville follows the tracks pretty darn well, almost the whole way into the downtown area.  Lookout in Crestwood where you have to cross the tracks to stay on 146.  On the east side of town, a number of roads cross the tracks, and there is a short section of Fallen Timber Rd that parallels the tracks.

There are several restaurants on and near Main Street.  One of the best is at "one-nineteen W Main" (38.407401, -85.379601).  Quaint shopping to while away time between trains helps make this a relaxing place to railfan.  Main St appears to have a lot of small knick-knack type stores to keep even most hardcore railfans busy in between trains.  Lodging is south of town, around the I-71 exit 22.....  Denver says he prefers the Best Western Asbury Inn.


     Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with this and many of my new railfan guides.  He has provided the information which is the hard part!  :-)

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
     Railfan & Railroad Magazine, Sept. 2007 (CSX Kentucky Street Running)
     Downtown La Grange Info:
     City of La Grange:
     One nineteen West Main: 

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  The screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here

Getting Here

La Grange is about halfway between Louisville KY and Cincinnati OH.

Exit 22 off of I-71 puts you on 1st Ave, which will take you directly to the middle of town where you will find the tracks running in the middle of the street.



    1      Street Running

This is where the tracks leave/join Main St on the east side of town, adjacent to Cedar Ave.

2nd Ave at the Fire Station.

This is where the tracks leave/join Main St on the west side of town, adjacent to 4th Ave.


    2      Ex L&N Depot

GPS Coordinates: 38.408715,-85.374726

Looks like they have built a viewing platform on top of the flat car....



Picture by Slideshow Bruce



Colorlight signals rule here on this ex Louisville & Nashville line.  There are signals to the east of town where the siding starts, as well as where the siding ends in town (or vice-versa).  The red "X" Marks the downtown intersection of Main St and 1st Ave.



Fire and Police

La Grange Fire Department HQ




Grade Crossings

Main and 1st Ave

Main and 2nd


Stuff Seen Around

Information kiosk is across the street & tracks from the store pictured above.


Not too often you find a picture of the camera Google uses on it's trucks.....  Look down if you're zooming around in the Streetview on Google!

Church at Main and 3rd

I've always enjoyed taking pictures of churches, especially older ones which don't seem like they were "poured out of a box", wouldn't wanna replace the roofing on that spire however! :-)

Historical USGS Maps


Every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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