NEXT MEETING WILL BE ON SATURDAY, OCT. 15, 10 A.M. AT 120 COMET DR.
PARK ON THE LIBRARY SIDE OF THE BUIDLING.
Recently, the Olive Hill Historical Society has decided to take up the task of building an HO scale model of the Chesapeake & Ohio Lexington Subdivision. This is the railroad that once ran from Ashland to Lexington, Ky. It forever changed the future for the communities it touched when it was laid down and it forever altered the outlook of eastern Kentucky when it left in 1985.
Cory Claxon is spearheading the effort. It will be built in one of the former classrooms on the east addition of the historic Olive Hill High School. The room overlooks downtown and will provide a large space for the railroad to be built.
Preliminary work has begun to clean the room including the early stages of designing a track plan that will match, as close as we can get, the former railroad line. Large communities, including Olive Hill, will be featured on the layout and will help convey the history of the railroad and its effect on the region’s economy in the early to mid 1900s.
(Above photo: C&O GP9 #5911, GP39 #3919, and a GE unit approach grade crossing at Olive Hill, Ky. with eastbound switcher, west-facing view from freight station showing depot at right, August 1969. Eugene L. Huddleston photo. (C&OHS))