Ludlow, Kentucky:Hidden Gem near the Queen City

By Giles Kennedy

Chief Editor and Founder The Ohio Railroader Website

Chief Administrator Ohio Valley Rails FB Page

I would like to start this article with three simple phrases.

COVID-19 is still out there. Don’t feed the fear. Be proactive and safe while traveling.

That being cleared; let me tell you about my day in Ludlow.

Not only did I discover the Railroad Platform, but the Hertiage Museum near the tower.

Also, known to local model railroaders, American Eagle Railroad Group set up a hobby shop and workshop for layout building. AEG is owned by Andy Wartman.

If that name sounds familiar; he is Director of Restorations for Kentucky Steam. More on him and his shop in a few…

Facts and tips on reaching Ludlow…..

100 Locust Street, Ludlow, Kentucky 41016

(Next to Police Station and Municipal Building)

With current rerouting of I-71/I-75, I would highly suggest getting off one of the Downtown Cincinnati exits to access the Roebling Suspension Bridge.

From there, you can connect with Kentucky State Route 8 which will take you right into Ludlow.

Once in town, the platform park will be on the left.

The platform gives you fantastic viewpoints of the Cincinnati Southern lines coming from Gest Street Yard.

Just next to the platform tower (ADA compliant with elevator), is the new home for the Ludlow Heritage Museum,

https://www.facebook.com/Ludlow-Heritage-Museum-125140884183720/

March-December, Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm

Please check their Facebook page on updates.

It includes artifacts from its Southern Railway days as a large yard and roundhouse, local history, and “Lost in Yonkers” film collection. Ludlow stood in as Yonkers, N.Y. as the 1993 movie was being filmed.

Down the street near NS Ludlow Yard is a hidden treasure as well.

The AER Group Incorporated is not only a fully stocked new and pre owned hobby equipment shop for modelers; but a fully functional workshop for building that dream layout.

http://www.aergroup.net/

318 Linden Street

Ludlow, Kentucky, 41016

(859)-360-0531

Andy Wartman is a busy guy,

On top of running his business; he is director of restorations for the Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation.

They had just recently acquired the former stock of Covington’s legendary Tim’s Trains.

Their retail space and workshop is open 10 am to 6pm. most days. Please refer to their Facebook page or web site for further information,

https://www.facebook.com/AERGroupInc/

Ludlow itself has small restaurants, pubs and cafes in its downtown area.

Ludlow is also nearby Covington, Newport and other great areas to explore.

Again, travel safely and enjoy this hidden gem in the Queen City/Northern Kentucky region.

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