One of the most beautiful place to enjoy railfaning in my books has to be Bluefield as the yard sits just below the mountains this makes a good back drop for trains heading east out of Bluefield.
Former N&W SD40-2, 1639 and 6129, bring an eastbound coal train into Bluefield yard past N&W 611 waiting on an out-bound track to go west with a ferry run to Portsmouth, OH. Several freight cars h... (more)
Former N&W SD40-2, 1644 is leading a set of pushers that have cut-off from an eastbound coal train, seen in the distance, and are heading back west to assist another eastbound train into Bluefield... (more)
The Nickel Plate Road and the Norfolk And Western heritage units are getting serviced and refueled in the yard after a hard days work pushing freight trains up the Pokey into Bluefield Yard!
Year old GE C39-8, 8555, is departing Bluefield yard for points east. Two additional loaded coal trains are awaiting their turn. Bluefield was a busy place back in 1985. Not so much nowadays.
The pushers on an eastbound coal drag glide into Bluefield after assisting the train up and over Elkhorn Mountain.
A light rain falls on 236 as they rev up after a quick crew change.
NS 195 slowly rolls through Bluefield yard as the clouds finally start to break apart and show blue sky.
A conductor watches a lite power move cross many switches to couple up to another three unit power move.
Out with the old, in with the new...N&W CPLs still stand tall but with replacements standing ready to go online.
The sun starts to set over the Appalachian fall colors as J60 with two of the new ET44ACs and the "DC to AC" conversions push hard on a long loaded coal train 83A into the yard in Bluefi... (more)
After a crew change NS 195 departs Bluefield to head west over the Pokey.
9975 and friend 2765 wait for orders for their next switching move.
On a damp spring morning, three Heritage Units idle away at Bluefield Yard in Bluefield, W.Va. waiting to push eastbounds over Elkhorn Grade.