Amtrak's "Cardinal" left NS at Orange and is now taking the Buckingham Branch westward to Charlottesville.
Empty coal train rolls west as the snow falls.
Empty coal hoppers head to Clifton Forge via Buckingham Branch.
On the anniversary of BB's first run in 1989, a huge storm dumped a lot of snow around Charlottesville & Gordonsville. The next morning, #6 is seen eastbound at East Gordonsville.
Buckingham Branch operates 200 miles of CSXT's ex-C&O, with empty coal & grain trains headed from Richmond to Clifton Forge making up a big portion of the traffic. These ex-C&O signals no longer ... (more)
Lots of traditional C&O infrastructure here; line going off to the right is the branch to Orange, Virginia and the connection with the former Southern Railway (now used essentially exclusively by ... (more)
The Tidewater section of the eastbound Sportsman makes the station stop at Gordonsville. The station was unique, sitting in the middle of a wye.
The westbound Amtrak Cardinal swings off the connecting line from Orange past old G Cabin at Gordonsville. After a meet with its eastbound counterpart just a mile or so west, the next stop will be... (more)
In years gone by, before the automobile was the primary mode of travel, hotels were built in close proximity to railroad stations to facilitate the traveling public. Such was the case in Gordonsv... (more)
Westbound C&O manifest No. 795 was rounding the curve and passing "G" tower in Gordonsville, VA on Sept. 22, 1984 with three B30-7s. The train was on the Piedmont Subdivision and was about to en... (more)
Tower operator Melva Rowe converses with a crew in Gordonsville. At the time, this was one of the last towers (aka cabins) still open on the C&O.
The C&O passenger station which once stood inside the wye at Gordonsville, VA.
View of tower and old passenger station at Gordonsville, VA. Is it G Tower or G Cabin? Employee timetable calls it "Tower". C&O purists insist on "Cabin". The debate continues.
Note that this joins heavier (left) and lighter (right) rails as the siding enters the main, on this former C&O trackage
703 West creeps by G Cabin in Gordonsville