Loyall Yard, KY

First of all, Loyall Yard is pretty big.  To get a look at it in its entirety, check Google Earth at 36.85470, -83.34902.  The yard was built by the L&N in 1920 and originally had numerous tipples, a turntable and many other structures.  The town of Loyall was once known as Shonn, which is local slang for “railroad siding” (Wikipedia).  The yard and town are protected from Cumberland River flooding by a flood wall and gate.
This structure, probably a control point of some sort is just east of Loyall Yard and is abandoned.






This is the flood gate on Highway 314 (the “Jerry Chestnut Highway”) coming into Loyall (this is looking east, away from Loyall).






This is a bit of Loyall Yard.  The turntable used to be over on the right, past the row of hoppers.







2 thoughts on “Loyall Yard, KY

  1. Ron Stafford May 27, 2016 / 5:44 am

    Bob, this interlocking tower was known as ‘Baxter’. It’s been closed (unmanned) since at least 1952 and, quite likely, many years prior to that.

    • Bob Lawrence May 27, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      I figured it was an advance control point for units coming into the yard. I guess, early on, as the traffic decreased, and some degree of automation took hold, it wasn’t needed anymore. Thank you for your comment!

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