After an almost two hour wait for the eastbound Sandman, a couple friends and I backtracked back to Gore to find it empty. Well, you know how the story goes once you decide to leave. We came back ... (more)
A quad set of first generation GP's take to the hills as the Winchester and Western "Sandman" hauls twenty empty hoppers destined for the mine at Gore, VA. The train has just turned away... (more)
The S Curve south of Gainsboro combined with the surrounding mountains and hills give this scene it's impeccable vision.
With 28 empties in tow, the Winchester and Western "Sandman" twists and turns on the original right of way as it climbs up Gainsboro Hill on it's trek to the base at Gore, VA.
In July o... (more)
Off Indian Hollow Road in western Frederick County, VA the W&W "Sandman" begins its climb uphill out of the Hogue Creek Valley in it's journey towards Gainsboro at the top of the grade in July 201... (more)
The eastbound W&W "Sandman" was clawing its way up Round Hill, just east of Hayfield, VA, on April 21, 1980. The climb up Round Hill was brutal, but the climb up Gainesboro Hill was worse, requir... (more)
Working east, the Sand Man pulls hard out of a short 2% climb into a much gentler grade of about .5%
East out of Hayfield the Sand Man climbs a 1% grade towards Round Hill.
The loaded "Sand Man" belches a bit of smoke while crossing Route 50 with his train of covered hoppers.