west kentucky high iron http://wkms.org en Hopkinsville's Rail Bed Recycling Project http://wkms.org/post/hopkinsvilles-rail-bed-recycling-project <p></p><p><em>This story originally aired Sunday, March 3, 2013</em></p><p>As the nation becomes increasingly conscious about the environment, people recycle more and more, giving new life to various items. Abandoned railways, however, are usually not among them. Yet, the city of Hopkinsville has begun a Rails to Trails project, revamping an old Fort Campbell track into a beautiful new walkway, which officials hope will add flavor to the city.</p><p></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:27:30 +0000 Casey Northcutt 38026 at http://wkms.org Hopkinsville's Rail Bed Recycling Project Building the Cadiz Railroad http://wkms.org/post/building-cadiz-railroad <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Railroads were an integral part of the infrastructure throughout Western Kentucky in the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">19</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">20</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> centuries. But what of the men who undertook the backbreaking task of building and maintaining the rails in an era without mechanical aid?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:42:37 +0000 Drew Adams 28850 at http://wkms.org Building the Cadiz Railroad Model Railroading in Madisonville http://wkms.org/post/model-railroading-madisonville <p>In the basement of Don Clayton’s Madisonville home a different world exists. The 1800 square foot space is home to hundreds of O-scale model train cars and dozens of engines. A group of men aged 19 to 82 gather weekly in Don’s basement to run their trains, many of them have been doing it for 30 years.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:03:26 +0000 Chad Lampe 28847 at http://wkms.org Model Railroading in Madisonville Looking for a Home on the Orphan Train http://wkms.org/post/looking-home-orphan-train <p></p><p></p><p>The Great Depression, along with floods and a severe drought in the 1930s, left many Kentucky families with the difficult decision to keep their hungry children or send them away to a place where they could be taken care of and fed. For at least one orphanage in Jefferson County, that meant overcrowding, and eventually the children’s home began sending orphans across the state on westbound trains. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:43:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 28744 at http://wkms.org Looking for a Home on the Orphan Train Boom to Bust: The History of Earlington, Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/boom-bust-history-earlington-kentucky <p></p><p>The history of many towns in west Kentucky has been shaped, in large part, by the coal companies and railroads that brought in jobs, money, and people. During the golden years of coal and rail in the early 20th century these towns boomed. And when the coal ran out and the trains stopped rolling, they crashed. The city of Earlington, Kentucky is one of those towns. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Shelly Baskin 28750 at http://wkms.org Boom to Bust: The History of Earlington, Kentucky Remembering Railroad Detective Richard Kelley http://wkms.org/post/remembering-railroad-detective-richard-kelley <p>On an unseasonably cool May night in 1935, railroad special agent Richard Kelley was gunned down by thieves trapped in a freight car in Paducah's south Illinois Central yard.&nbsp; Todd Hatton speaks with Kelley's daughter about his legacy, and with the former prosecutor and Paducah mayor who wants to make sure the policeman is remembered.</p><p></p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Todd Hatton 28769 at http://wkms.org Remembering Railroad Detective Richard Kelley VMV Paducahbilt Is Alive And Growing http://wkms.org/post/vmv-paducahbilt-alive-and-growing <p></p><p>VMV Paducahbilt, a subsidiary of National Railway Equipment, is one of the oldest locomotive factories in America and one of the largest suppliers of locomotives in the world. Built in 1925 by the Illinois Central Railroad, this factory hasn’t shut its doors in 85 years. The facility, located off Kentucky Avenue, is a testament to how big rail is alive and growing. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 John Walker 28773 at http://wkms.org VMV Paducahbilt Is Alive And Growing