The last engine to wear Atlantic & Western paint is seen here shoving cars down to the CSXT interchange in Sanford. This would be their first movement of the day just prior to getting their train... (more)
Pushed aside and left to rust, two retired locomotives molder in the heat slowing changing color and available prey for the all consuming kudzu.
Don't be to quick to say "It ain't prototypical". Sanford had a ramp.
Sanford, North Carolina, is home to the shortline Atlantic & Western. On September 20th, 1986, ATW 70-ton #100 was found idling in downtown Sanford. This little GE diesel, built for the ATW in S... (more)
The A&W crew go about switching the last customer on the original line east of Sanford - a very busy scrap dealer. The business has spurs in opposing directions on either side of a steep dip in th... (more)
Perhaps the most obscure section of street running still in operation, which I didn't even know existed until we stumbled upon it during this outing. For 2 blocks in a mixed industrial/residential... (more)
A visitor from the SCRF is now up in Sanford to help out with switching chores, seen here pulling through the cramped A&W home base on the way back into town. Given the presence of the SCRF loco, ... (more)
It's around noon and 109 has been shut down for the day. She is along for the ride as 1603 pulls the short train around a tight curve and back to the small yard in downtown Sanford where they will... (more)
The A&W heads into Sanford for a morning of switching. The A&W is an "original" shortline being chartered in the late 1890s to run about 25 miles from Sanford to Lillington NC. In the mo... (more)
CSX F741 gets a medium clear signal at Sanford to line into the siding as the Atlantic & Western picks up cars at the interchange.
An Atlantic & Western train coming into Sanford, NC in this September 1985 scene. The engine is on lease from Rail Switching Service.
Atlantic & Western 101 (former D&S #502) at Sanford, NC sporting a fresh coat of paint.
After pulling two empties from Ready Mixed Concrete in Sanford, NC, Atlantic & Western 109 spots one cement load over the unloading pit. The concrete company's mixing facility can be seen behind t... (more)