Local A48 works at Opelika during March 2003 with a former N&W GP38AC and a GP59.
After a morning trip up the branch to Lafayette, 2536 - still in classy Southern Railway colors - finishes up in Opelika's small yard.
Riding 2707's footboards, a crew member on an eastbound freight (136 or 138?) looks down the WofA interchange tracks and contemplated the next few switching moves.
Earlier in the day, 2715 - Southern's last GP35 - powered a turn to Roanoke or Royal City. Now it's finishing out the shift working around downtown. Another memory from the 'good' old days - emp... (more)
GP35 2699 and another geep power westbound 45 as the crew prepares to do a little work around Opelika before continuing west.
For many years, CofG/SOU/NS trains on the branch between Opelika and Roanoke (later cut back to Lafayette) used 2.42 miles of the WofA/FL/SS/CSX between downtown Opelika and Roanoke Junction. In ... (more)
Workday almost done, the engineer eases GP30 2575 - with a crewman on the steps in front and another riding the footboards in back - toward its resting spot. as this photo shows, back in the 'good... (more)
A 40-year old look at a minor Alabama rail center.
The lead diesel is in full shade as L&N run-through train 214 climbs around the curve and out of Opelika on a summer evening. GP38s are front and back, but in between are 4 U-boats, including 2 U... (more)
This nostalgic UP shield is starting to show its age as it’s still in the original paint applied to it by the Pacific Car & Foundry back in September of 1980. While this logo was once a smooth re... (more)
A coal train with a pair of SD40-2s and a U30C illustrates typical CSX unit train power of the late '80s, just before the C40 invasion. It's a bit odd, in that it is southbound on the former WofA... (more)
Pine Belt 3986 sits out of the way in a siding as SD70s head west on the main.
An interesting early-NS power set is eastbound, with U23B 3941 leading an NS B23-7, a pair of GP38s (one in NS/one in SOU) and four SOU GP30s.
CSX Fs head for Montgomery with the Alabama Reunion Train, which is finishing up a two-week tour of the state with car interiors converted to displays about Alabama history.
You might guess from this photo that wood products were once a traffic staple on Southern's ex-Central of Georgia line through Opelika.