In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Walton KY, Boone County

What's Here:
NS and CSX
A couple of signals
NS over CSX bridge

GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 859
ZIP: 41094

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

Walton KY has the two main railroads of the east running north-south thru town - CSX and Norfolk Southern.

It seems the big attraction for pictures is the NS bridge going over CSX on the north side of town, just under the Walton-Nicholson Road.  As long as the local police don't give you a hard time for standing on the overpass (as some seem to take delight in chasing us off), you can manage to get some really nice photos as seen below.

There are a couple of signal locations in Walton, which should enhance the photo ops, especially for NB NS freights when they are near the gated grade crossing towards the end of Old Nicholson Rd and the SB signal is in the shot.

CSX has a two mile long siding about a half a mile north of the NS/CSX bridge.  In the middle of the siding, is a smaller siding for loading and unloading.  It is off of Banklick Road (KY 2043).  I can't tell if there are signals for the third siding.  Go about 1.5 east of the NS/CSX bridge on Walton-Nicholson Road, then take a left onto Banklick Rd.

Norfolk Southern goes to a double track mainline heading further south about 2 miles south of town.  My signal location 3 is where this happens.

Stephen R. Santangelo
Mark Chester Jr
J. E. Landrum
Joe Vittitoe
Denver Todd
Open Railway Map
Google Maps

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: Vintage/historic pictures of Walton,3903706,2772472 lots of pix, 2012 era, only available if you're a train orders paid member

Getting Here

Getting here is pretty easy.  It is roughly 16 miles south west of Cincinnati OH off I-75 (and I-71) exit 171.

The junction between I-75 and I-71 is nestled right in the middle of Walton, how convenient.

Exit 171 dumps you off on Stephenson Mill Road... go east, it turns into Mary Grubbs Hwy, and goes under both railroad R-O-W's.

In between the two tracks is Main St, which will take you to most of the photo spots of Walton.

At exit 171, you also have the standard assortment of gas stations, restaurants, and other services.





NS over CSX

The Norfolk Southern crosses over CSX in northern Walton, where Walton-Nicholson Road goes over both of them and the Dixie Highway.


In Town CSX Signals

This signal is between Alta Vista Dr and Depot St, off of South Main Street, near where the tracks cross Main Street.  This is a now typical standard signal installation for CSX appearing all over the system, as the signals at Lorton VA next to the AutoTrain facility looks the same.

In Town NS Signals

The signal we are looking at is a SB signal showing Approach Diverging, telling the engineer to prepare to take the diverging route after the next signal.

photo by Stephen Santangelo

NS Signals South of Town

Two miles south of town is a fully signaled siding interlocking.  Below is a picture of the SB signal at the entrance to the interlocking.  In the aerial view, you can just make out the two NB signals.


None for now......

Historical USGS Maps

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