[ Editor’s Note: The previous photo has been removed as it was not actually of the freight subways in Louisville. This corrected photo was provided to us by R. David Schooling showing what actually existed in Louisville. ]
The Urbanophile unearthed some amazing details of Louisville’s early transit system and a freight subway running beneath the streets of downtown. Louisville’s transit system was at one time vast and efficient stretching all over the metropolitan region before post-WWII dismantling.
The freight subways are of particular interest to us as other cities have utilized these long-forgotten tunnels as conduits for light rail beneath the crowded streets of downtown. St. Louis’ MetroLink is a prime example. A new book detailing the history of Louisville’s electric trains may be coming up soon? We certainly hope so.
- Historic Transit Pictures (Urbanophile)