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Kentucky Colonel
RJ Corman's former L&N "Old Road" was busy at the end of January 2012 with VIP excursions involving the Corman "Old Kentucky Dinner Train" trainset, Paducah & Louisville's office car "Bluegrass State I" and Mr. Corman's private car. Unfortunately, the dinner train's ex-Southern F-units are in Lexington for a rebuild so the excursion trains were powered with standard Corman GP-38's.

Still, the unusual passenger consists tempted photographers out some in less-than-perfect weather...here is what I found:

1) On Tuesday January 24, Mr. Corman's private car (RJCC #02) and two locomotives went out for a lunchtime jaunt from Lexington to Frankfort, KY and return. Here the short train is rolling through Midway, KY on the return trip.

2) A wide-angle look at RJCC #02 as the train approaches Lexington's Rupp Yard.


Kentucky Colonel
On Wednesday 1/25, a combined train left Lexington with two Dinner Train cars, the PAL car and RJCC #02. The train was spotted in historic downtown Frankfort, KY in front of the old L&N depot and hosted visits with state legislators who were in session during the month.

1) The VIP train heads west (railroad north) through Midway, KY on a gloomy January day.
2) The rain starts to fall as the train is spotted in Frankfort, KY.
3) Across the street from the old depot is the Clark Center for Kentucky History, framed with the vestibule of PAL "Bluegrass State I".
4) PAL "Bluegrass State I"


Kentucky Colonel
Thursday January 26, 2012

Frankfort, KY

With rain falling steadily, RJ Corman's VIP excursion train departed Lexington's Rupp Yard promptly at 1700. The train consisted of Corman's "Old Kentucky Dinner Train" cars and Mr. Corman's private coach "RJCC #02". After a leisurely trip to the state capital of Frankfort, the train returned to Lexington well after dark on Thursday evening.

1) The train passes the old depot at Duckers, KY in the twilight gloaming.
2) Rain was coming down fairly steadily, as seen in the headlights of the lead unit for the return trip.
3) A soggy evening departure from Frankfort, KY.

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