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The C&O, now a part of CSX, came up the river from Maysville and Ashland, followed the north bend around Campbell County, crossed the Licking around 15th Street and headed north across what is now the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge, which, for most of its life, has been known as the C&O Bridge.


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The C&O Railroad Station.  Also used by the L&N, it lasted
until August of 1922. It was located at 8th & Russell.


OB Interlocking

Approach to the railroad bridge to Ohio at OB Interlocking, June, 1930.
What's an interlocking? Explanation.

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C & O Switcher #195
September 6, 1931
C & O Passenger Car
January 5, 1915
C & O #814 in Covington


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C & O Roundhouse & Offices.
Looking northwest, from Madison,
near 14th
Thanks! to Nancy and Dennis
Hanseman for this image
The C & O Offices, damaged in
 the July 7, 1915 tornado
The C&O Roundhouse 
To see the roundhouse
today, go west on 14th,
off of Madison


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C & O No. 1521 in Covington


C & O Locomotive No. 277,
9th & Washington, 1965. No. 277
was in use from 1888 to 1825. 
That's the New England Distillery
Building behind it


C & O #73 C & O #129 C & O #1222, 1949


C&O C&O in Covington
A C&O 4-6-2, June 1932 The C&O in Covington
No. 23, an 0-6-0 switcher


The Chesapeake and Ohio, or the C&O, operated a busy rail yard in Covington for many years, but the area became too crowded for yard expansion, which is why, in 1910, they moved the operation to Silver Grove.


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September 6, 1931, A locomotive
from the Louisville, Henderson
and St. Louis at the C. & O. in
May 16, 1930 at the C. & O.
Roundhouse in Covington.
C. & O. 811.
September 6, 1931,
C. & O. 447



Chesapeake and Ohio passenger train. This old postcard, c. 1910, was published by Cincinnati's Albert Kraemer Card Company, the folks who produced the most, and the best, of the old Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati postcards. The exact location of this one? No idea.

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The Covington, Flemingsburg and Pound Gap Railway was organized in 1876, and went through a series of names.  In January of 1880 it became the Licking Valley Railway Co, and in September of that year, became the Covington, Flemingsburg and Southeastern.  Then in 1881 it was the Cincinnati and Southeastern Railway.  The Covington, Flemingsburg, and Ashland Railway was the name adopted in 1887, and that entity was sold in bankruptcy on May 7, 1887, at which point it became the Cincinnati, Flemingsburg and Southeast Railroad.  That lasted until January 1, 1920, when it re-organized as the Flemingsburg and Northern Railway, and made it's last run on December 6, 1955.

And despite the three different occurrences of the name Covington in its corporate title, the railroad never had actual track outside of Fleming County, Kentucky.


System Map of the Cincinnati, Newport, and Covington
Railway, a.k.a. the CNC, a.k.a. the Green Line, is here

Two men killed on the C&O, while
fighting on the tracks, here.

The C & O Historical
Society is here.

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