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Historic Nashville Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Amqui Station
June 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join Historic Nashville for a members-only tour of Amqui Station on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 AM
The Amqui, Tennessee Passenger Station and Signal Tower was built by the Louisville & Nashville (L&N) Railroad in 1910. At its height during World War II, the Station served as many as 40 to 50 trains daily. Amqui Station continued to serve as a signal and switching station after passenger service was discontinued in the late 1950s. With the need for modernization of the switching and signaling system, the L&N vacated Amqui Station in early 1979.
Johnny Cash often visited the signalmen at Amqui Station during the 1970s. In fact, during a television show in the early 1970s that took a nostalgic look at the history of the American railroad as told in story and song by Johnny, he sang “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” while walking around the Amqui Station. Because of this love of trains, the railroad, and particularly Amqui Station, he acquired the old train station in 1979, saving it from demolition. He moved Amqui Station to Hendersonville and renovated it to display his collection of train memorabilia and as an antique shop for June Carter Cash. It returned home to Madison and was opened in 2010 as a local visitor’s center and museum.
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