CSXT 589 - Nashville National Cemetery - Madison, TN

CSXT 589 leads a train through the middle of Nashville National Cemetery.
CSXT 589 leads a train through the middle of Nashville National Cemetery.
  CSXT 589 and CSXT 7906 are leading a CSX intermodal train south on CSX's Nashville Terminal Subdivision, through Nashville National Cemetery. Below, double-stack containers in well cars, on the train led by CSXT 589, cross over a short tunnel that carries a road between the two sides of Nashville National Cemetery. The Nashville Terminal Subdivision runs right through the middle of the national cemetery, on a slightly angled north-south axis. The rail line, which was here before the cemetery was founded, was originally owned by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Stack Cars - Nashville National Cemetery - Nashville Terminal Subdivision
Double stack cars at Madison, TN

Nashville Terminal Subdivision

The Nashville Terminal Subdivision (NTS) is a busy, double-track rail line. Both CSX's Henderson Subdivision and CSX's Mainline Subdivision feed into the Nashville Terminal Subdivision on its northern end in Madison, Tennessee. The Nashville Terminal Subdivision starts north of the cemetery at a control point (CP) called Monfort, on the border between Madison and Hendersonville, Tennessee, where the Mainline Subdivision from Louisville, Kentucky, ends. A bit south of Monfort, the Henderson Subdivision, from Evansville, Indiana, feeds into the Nashville Terminal Subdivision at CP Amqui. Amqui is about 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of the cemetery, at Nesbitt Lane, and just to the west of Gallatin Pike (US 31).

Running south from Amqui, the Nashville Terminal Subdivision runs for about 4.3 miles (6.9 km) to CP Maplewood, where the Radnor Cutoff splits off and goes to the southeast, while the Nashville Terminal Subdivision continues on a southwesterly route. Trains heading south can use either the Nashville Terminal Subdivision or the Radnor Cutoff to head south through East Nashville and cross over the Cumberland River. Either route will take trains into the heart of Nashville and on to CSX's Radnor Yard. Radnor Yard is a major CSX classification and hump yard located located about three miles (4.8 km) southeast of downtown Nashville.

Nashville National Cemetery

According to the National Park Service and the Veteran's Affairs Administration, the cemetery was founded in 1866, shortly after the American Civil War, with a perpetual easement being granted to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1912. The VA's website states that there are 4,141 unknown remains buried in the cemetery. While most new interments have been stopped, as of 1993, the VA's website states that there is still room for cremated remains, and possibly casketed remains of family members being buried in existing graves. At present, the cemetery holds the remains of over 33,000 veterans, their spouses, and dependents.

Side Note

While no one has ever bothered me for taking photographs inside the cemetery, I do follow my own personal rule of not walking through and over the graves to take my photographs. All of the photographs I've taken inside the cemetery have been taken from roadways, or from grassy areas along side the roadways that do not contain any graves. While the cemetery offers a very unique perspective for photography, always be mindful of where you are.


  1. Great images! I have seen that top one before and always liked it. Interesting place and agreement. Good note about being respectful too.

    1. Thanks, Shelly. I really need to get back down to the cemetery and capture a few more photographs. I have not been there since 2016.

      I had posted the top photograph on Google+. Even though I was able to export my content from G+ and set it up here, a lot of the posts need to be cleaned up. Instead of rewriting the original G+ post with the first image only, I decided to completely rewrite the post with more details, and add the second image.


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