List of Tennessee railroads

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The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Tennessee.

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Name Mark System[nb 1] From To Successor Notes
Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad SOU 1868 1877 Alabama Great Southern Railroad
Arkansas and Memphis Railway Bridge and Terminal Company MP/ RI/ SSW 1912 Still exists as a nonoperating subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad
Athens and Tellico Railway L&N 1910 1911 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railway L&N 1896 1905 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Atlantic, Tennessee and Ohio Railroad SOU 1852 1894 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in Tennessee
Beaver Dam Railroad 1900 1918 N/A
Belt Railway of Chattanooga SOU 1895 1946 Alabama Great Southern Railroad
Birmingham and Northwestern Railway GM&O 1910 1929 Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad
Bon Air Railway L&N 1887 1887 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Brimstone Railroad SOU 1941 1965 Brimstone and New River Railway
Brimstone and New River Railway SOU 1965 1966 New River Railway
Bristol, Elizabethtown and North Carolina Railway SOU 1889 1895 Virginia and Southwestern Railway
Burlington Northern Inc. BN 1980 1981 Burlington Northern Railroad
Burlington Northern Railroad BN 1981 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Cambria Southern Railway L&N 1904 1904 Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railway
Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway CC&O ACL/ L&N 1908 1990 CSX Transportation
Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway SOU 1882 1895 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in Tennessee
Central of Georgia Railway CG CG 1901 1971 Central of Georgia Railroad
Central Mississippi Railroad IC 1877 1878 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Central Southern Railroad L&N 1853 1866 Nashville and Decatur Railroad
Central of Tennessee Railway and Navigation Company CTRN 1992 2000 Nashville and Western Railroad
Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad ACL/ L&N 1887 1893 Ohio River and Charleston Railway
Chattanooga Railway, Bridge and Terminal Company SOU 1890 1892 Chattanooga Terminal Railway
Chattanooga, Harrison and Cleveland Railroad SOU 1850 1852 Chattanooga, Harrison, Georgetown and Charleston Railroad
Chattanooga, Harrison, Georgetown and Charleston Railroad SOU 1852 1854 East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad
Chattanooga, Rome and Columbus Railroad CG 1887 1891 Savannah and Western Railroad
Chattanooga, Rome and Southern Railroad CG 1897 1901 Central of Georgia Railway
Chattanooga Southern Railroad SOU 1896 1911 Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railroad
Chattanooga Southern Railway SOU 1894 1895 Chattanooga Southern Railroad
Chattanooga Station Company CG/ SOU 1905
Chattanooga Terminal Railway SOU 1892 1993 Alabama Great Southern Railroad
Chattanooga Union Railway SOU 1888 1895 Belt Railway of Chattanooga
Chesapeake and Nashville Railway L&N 1884 1892 Gallatin and Scottsville Railway
Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern Railroad IC 1881 1896 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Chicago, Memphis and Gulf Railroad IC 1909 1963 Illinois Central Railroad
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad RI, ROCK RI 1948 1980 N/A
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway RI RI 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad IC 1878 1951 Illinois Central Railroad
Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad SOU 1836 1837 Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad
Cincinnati, Cumberland Gap and Charleston Railroad SOU 1853 1871 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad
Cincinnati, Green River and Nashville Railroad L&N 1882 1884 Chesapeake and Nashville Railway
Cincinnati, Nashville, Southern Railway 1912 1934 N/A
Cincinnati Southern Railway SOU 1870 Still exists as a lessor of Norfolk Southern Railway operating subsidiary Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway
Clinchfield Railroad CRR ACL/ L&N 1924 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Coal Creek and New River Railroad SOU 1877 1889 Knoxville and Ohio Railroad
Corinth and Counce Railroad CCR 1958 1991 TennRail Corporation
Crandull and Shady Valley Railway 1909 1918 N/A
Cumberland Railway SOU 1902 1944 Southern Railway
Cumberland and Big Stone Gaps Railroad L&N 1889 1900 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Cumberland Plateau Railroad TC 1901 1902 Tennessee Central Railroad
Decatur, Chesapeake and New Orleans Railway L&N 1887 1893 Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway
Duck River Valley Narrow Gauge Railroad L&N 1872 1879 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Dyersburg Northern Railroad IC 1904 1909 Chicago, Memphis and Gulf Railroad
East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad SOU 1848 1869 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad
East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad SOU 1848 1869 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad
East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad SOU 1869 1886 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway SOU 1886 1894 Southern Railway
East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ETWN 1866 1983 East Tennessee Railway
Edgefield and Kentucky Railroad L&N 1852 1872 Nashville, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
Gallatin and Scottsville Railway L&N 1906 1907 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Greenback Railroad L&N 1905 1907 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Gulf and Chicago Railroad GM&O 1889 1903 Gulf and Chicago Railway
Gulf and Chicago Railway GM&O 1903 1909 New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad
Gulf and Mississippi Railroad GMSR 1985 1988 SouthRail Corporation
Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad GM&N GM&O 1915 1940 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad GM&O GM&O 1940 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Harriman Railway and Construction Company SOU 1890 1891 Harriman Coal and Iron Railroad
Harriman Coal and Iron Railroad SOU 1891 1895 Harriman and Northeastern Railroad
Harriman, Knoxville and Eastern Railroad L&N 1910 1913 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Harriman and Northeastern Railroad SOU 1895 1970 Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway
Henderson and Nashville Railroad L&N 1848 1867 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in Tennessee
Hickman and Obion Railroad L&N 1853 1855 Nashville and Northwestern Railroad sold to Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad in 1872
Hiwassee Railroad SOU 1836 1848 East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad
Holston River Railway SOU 1905 1908 Virginia and Southwestern Railway
Holston Valley Railway 1892 1915 Bristol Traction Company
Illinois Central Railroad IC IC 1883 1972 Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad ICG 1972 1988 Illinois Central Railroad
Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad L&N 1885 1887 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Iron Mountain Railroad of Memphis MP 1886 1966 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Jackson and Southeastern Railroad IC 1905 1913 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Jamestown Railroad 1912 1913 Oneida and Western Railroad
Johnson City, Bakersville and Southern Railway 1905 1909 Unicoi Railway
Johnson City and Carolina Railway SOU 1887 1891 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis Railroad SLSF 1901 St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad
Kansas City and Memphis Railway and Bridge Company SLSF 1887 1928 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad SLSF 1886 1928 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
Kingsport Southern Railway ACL/ L&N 1906 1906 South and Western Railroad
Knoxville and Augusta Railroad SOU 1878 1890 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Knoxville Belt Railroad SOU 1887 1898 Southern Railway
Knoxville and Bristol Railway SOU 1898 1903 Southern Railway
Knoxville and Carolina Railroad 1921 1926 Smoky Mountain Railroad
Knoxville and Charleston Railroad SOU 1852 1873 Knoxville and Augusta Railroad
Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railroad SOU 1888 1895 Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railway
Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railway SOU 1895 1898 Southern Railway
Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad SOU 1853 1871 Coal Creek and New River Railroad
Knoxville, La Follette and Jellico Railroad L&N 1902 1904 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Knoxville and Ohio Railroad SOU 1871 1903 Southern Railway
Knoxville, Sevierville and Eastern Railway 1907 1921 Knoxville and Carolina Railroad
Knoxville Southern Railroad L&N 1887 1890 Marietta and North Georgia Railway
La Grange and Memphis Railroad SOU 1835 1852 Memphis and Charleston Railroad
Laurel Railway 1905 1926 N/A
Laurel Fork Railway 1910 1925 N/A
Lewisburg and Northern Railroad L&N 1910 1915 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Lexington and Knoxville Railroad SOU 1852 1853 Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad
Little River Railroad LR 1901 1940 N/A
Livingston Terminal Company 1910 1911 Overton County Railroad
Louisville, Cincinnati and Charleston Railroad SOU 1837 1843 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in Tennessee
Louisville and Nashville Railroad L&N, LN L&N 1851 1983 Seaboard System Railroad
Louisville and Nashville Terminal Company L&N 1893 1962 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway IC 1884 1892 Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad
Marietta and North Georgia Railway L&N 1890 1895 Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railway
McCormick, Ashland City and Nashville Railroad MACO 1988 1992 Central of Tennessee Railway and Navigation Company
McMinnville and Manchester Railroad L&N 1850 1875 Memphis and Charleston Railroad sold to Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway in 1877
Memphis, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad SLSF 1885 1887 Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad
Memphis and Charleston Railroad SOU 1846 1898 Southern Railway
Memphis–Chattanooga Railway SOU 1899 1941 Southern Railway
Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad L&N 1852 1871 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Memphis, Holly Springs and Mobile Railroad SLSF 1860 1869 Memphis, Holly Springs, Okolona and Selma Railroad
Memphis, Holly Springs, Okolona and Selma Railroad SLSF 1869 1870 Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad
Memphis, Holly Springs and Selma Railroad SLSF 1881 1881 Memphis, Selma and Brunswick Railroad
Memphis and Ohio Railroad L&N 1853 1872 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Memphis, Paducah and Northern Railroad IC 1878 1881 Chesapeake, Ohio and Southwestern Railroad
Memphis, Selma and Brunswick Railroad SLSF 1881 1885 Memphis, Birmingham and Atlantic Railroad
Memphis and Southeastern Railroad SLSF 1886 1886 Kansas City, Memphis and Birmingham Railroad
Memphis and State Line Railroad IC 1903 1908 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Memphis Union Station Company MUSC L&N/ MP/ SOU/ SSW 1909 1976 N/A
Mentor Southern Railway L&N 1904 1904 Atlanta, Knoxville and Northern Railway
Middle and East Tennessee Central Railway L&N 1883 1897 Gallatin and Scottsville Railway
Middle Tennessee Railroad 1907 1920 N/A
Middle Tennessee and Alabama Railway L&N 1893 1897 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Middlesborough Railroad L&N 1895 1896 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Middlesborough Belt Railroad L&N 1890 1895 Middlesborough Railroad
Mississippi Central Railroad IC 1859 1874 New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago Railroad
Mississippi Central and Tennessee Railroad IC 1853 1859 Mississippi Central Railroad
Mississippi River Railway IC 1858 1872 Paducah and Memphis Railroad
Mississippi and Tennessee RailNet MT 1998 2003 Mississippi Tennessee Railroad
Mississippi Tennessee Railroad MTNR 2003 2004 N/A
Mississippi and Tennessee Railroad IC 1853 1889 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railroad MP MP 1917 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Mobile, Clarksville and Evansville Railroad L&N 1881 1885 Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad
Mobile, Jackson and Kansas City Railroad GM&O 1903 1909 New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad
Mobile and Ohio Railroad GM&O 1848 1940 Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
Morgan and Fentress Railway 1914 1934 N/A
Morristown and Carolina Railroad SOU 1881 1882 Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway
Morristown and Cumberland Railroad SOU 1890 1898 Knoxville and Bristol Railway
Morristown, Cumberland Gap and Ohio Railroad SOU 1880 1882 Carolina, Cumberland Gap and Chicago Railway
Nashville and Ashland City Railroad NACR 1981 1988 McCormick, Ashland City and Nashville Railroad
Nashville and Atlantic Railroad 1921 1939 N/A
Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad L&N 1845 1873 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway changed name
Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway N&C, NC L&N 1873 1957 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Nashville, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad L&N 1872 1872 St. Louis and South Eastern Railway
Nashville and Clarksville Railroad TC 1901 1902 Tennessee Central Railroad
Nashville and Decatur Railroad L&N 1866 1990 CSX Transportation
Nashville and Florence Railroad L&N 1879 1887 Nashville, Florence and Sheffield Railway
Nashville, Florence and Sheffield Railway L&N 1887 1900 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Nashville and Knoxville Railroad TC 1884 1902 Tennessee Central Railroad
Nashville and Memphis Railroad L&N 1852 1853 Memphis and Ohio Railroad
Nashville and Northwestern Railroad L&N 1850 1872 Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad
Nashville and Tellico Railroad L&N 1887 1893 Nashville, Tellico and Charleston Railway
Nashville, Tellico and Charleston Railway L&N 1892 1899 Tellico Railway
Nashville Terminal Company TC 1894 1937 Tennessee Central Railway
Nashville and Tuscaloosa Railroad L&N 1877 1884 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Natchez Trace Railroad NTR 1982 1993 Mississippi Central Railroad
New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad IC 1852 1874 New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago Railroad
New Orleans, Mobile and Chattanooga Railroad L&N 1867 1871 New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad
New Orleans, Mobile and Chicago Railroad GM&O 1909 1915 Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad
New Orleans, Mobile and Texas Railroad L&N 1871 1880 N/A Sold at foreclosure; no property in Tennessee
New Orleans and Ohio Railroad IC 1866 1871 Paducah and Memphis Railroad
New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago Railroad IC 1874 1877 Central Mississippi Railroad
New River Railway SOU 1966 1970 Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway
Oakdale and Cumberland Mountain Railroad SOU 1879 1882 Walden's Ridge Railroad
Ohio River and Charleston Railway ACL/ L&N 1894 1902 South and Western Railway
Oneida and Western Railroad OD&W 1913 1954 N/A
Ooltewah and Red Clay Railroad SOU 1881 1882 Tennessee State Line Railroad
Overton County Railroad 1904 1912 Cincinnati, Nashville, Southern Railway
Paducah and Memphis Railroad IC 1872 1877 Memphis, Paducah and Northern Railroad
Paducah and Tennessee Railroad L&N 1854 1889 Paducah, Tennessee and Alabama Railroad
Paducah and Tennessee Railway L&N 1888 1889 Paducah, Tennessee and Alabama Railroad
Paducah, Tennessee and Alabama Railroad L&N 1890 1895 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Powells Valley Railroad SOU 1887 1888 Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and Louisville Railroad
Powells Valley Railway SOU 1886 1887 Powells Valley Railroad
Ripley Railroad GM&O 1871 1872 Ship Island, Ripley and Kentucky Railroad
Rock Island Memphis Terminal Railway RI 1913 1948 Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
Rockwood and Tennessee River Railway 1867 1911 N/A
Rogersville and Jefferson Railroad SOU 1852 1873 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway MP 1917 Missouri Pacific Railroad
St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad SLSF 1901 1916 St. Louis – San Francisco Railway
St. Louis – San Francisco Railway SLSF SLSF 1916 1980 Burlington Northern Inc.
St. Louis and South Eastern Railway L&N 1872 1879 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
St. Louis Southwestern Railway SSW SSW 1912 1997 Union Pacific Railroad
Savannah and Western Railroad CG 1891 1894 Chattanooga, Rome and Southern Railroad
Seaboard System Railroad SBD 1983 1986 CSX Transportation
Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad SLSF 1870 1881 Memphis, Holly Springs and Selma Railroad
Sequatchie Valley Railroad L&N 1868 1877 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Ship Island, Ripley and Kentucky Railroad GM&O 1872 1889 Gulf and Chicago Railroad
Smoky Mountain Railroad 1926 1961 N/A
South and Western Railroad ACL/ L&N 1906 1908 Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway
South and Western Railway ACL/ L&N 1901 1906 Kingsport Southern Railway, South and Western Railroad
Southern Railway SOU SOU 1894 1990 Norfolk Southern Railway
Southern Freight Railroad SFR 1997 2003 Heritage Railroad
SouthRail Corporation SR 1988 1993 Kansas City Southern Railway
Southwestern Railroad L&N 1852 1877 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Swan Creek Railway L&N 1906 1921 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Tellico Railroad L&N 1887 1887 Nashville and Tellico Railroad
Tellico Railway L&N 1898 1910 Athens and Tellico Railway
Tennessee Railroad TENN SOU 1918 1973 Tennessee Railway
Tennessee Railway SOU 1904 1918 Tennessee Railroad
Tennessee and Alabama Railroad L&N 1852 1866 Nashville and Decatur Railroad
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railroad SOU 1911 1922 Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway
Tennessee and Carolina Southern Railway SOU 1902 1935 N/A
Tennessee Central Railroad TC TC 1902 1922 Tennessee Central Railway
Tennessee Central Railroad TC 1893 1897 Tennessee Central Railway
Tennessee Central Railroad 1883 1891 N/A
Tennessee Central Railway TC TC 1922 1968 Harriman and Northeastern Railroad, Illinois Central Railroad, Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Tennessee Central Railway TC 1897 1902 Tennessee Central Railroad
Tennessee and Cumberland River Railroad 1897 1915 N/A
Tennessee, Kentucky and Northern Railroad 1912 1934 N/A
Tennessee Midland Railway L&N 1886 1895 Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Tennessee and North Carolina Railroad 1900 1920 Tennessee and North Carolina Railway
Tennessee and North Carolina Railway 1920 1951 N/A
Tennessee Northern Railway SOU 1896 1903 Knoxville and Ohio Railroad
Tennessee and Ohio Railroad SOU 1884 1889 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Tennessee and Pacific Railroad L&N 1866 1877 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Tennessee and Sequatchie Valley Railroad 1880 1883 Tennessee Central Railroad
Tennessee Southern Railroad IC 1881 1884 Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway
Tennessee State Line Railroad SOU 1882 1886 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad
Tennessee Valley Railroad SOU 1887 1888 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Tennessee Western Railroad L&N 1912 1939 N/A
TennRail Corporation 1991 1993 Kansas City Southern Railway
Troy and Tiptonville Railroad IC 1887 1903 Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Railroad
Unicoi Railway 1909 1918 N/A
Union Railway URY MP 1886 1966 Missouri Pacific Railroad
Union Railway SOU 1883 1888 Chattanooga Union Railway
Virginia and Southwestern Railway SOU 1899 Still exists as a nonoperating subsidiary of the Norfolk Southern Railway
Walden's Ridge Railroad SOU 1877 1888 East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railway
Wauhatchie Extension Railway SOU 1914 1917 Alabama Great Southern Railroad
West Nashville Railway L&N 1887 1887 Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
Western and Atlantic Railroad L&N 1848 Still exists as a lessor of CSX Transportation
Wills Valley Railroad SOU 1854 1868 Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad
Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad IC 1892 1946 Illinois Central Railroad
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  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.

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