Southern's just-leased ex-Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson is en route to Andover, VA from Knoxville with a ferry trip. There, the engine will be used for Universal Pictures' "Coal Miner's Daugh... (more)
Appalachia Division train 256--an Andover to Bulls Gap schedule usually filled by a Duke Power unit coal train--is climbing the hill between Duffield and Sunbright, VA. Today's 256 is just a "... (more)
For a brief time, NS ran a quartet of SD40-2s on some Appalachia District trains. It was a throw back to older days--but of course, it didn't last. The westbound foursome rolls around the curve at... (more)
Captured in my last year of shooting film, an eastbound CSX unit coal train moans downgrade on dynamic brakes, and across Bootleg Trestle near Sunbright, VA. Ahead in less than a mile: the 15 MPH,... (more)
Southern 5227 was on the point of No. 256 as it crested the hill at Sunbright on a May afternoon in 1984. The GP38-2 is a Locotrol master, so the black on white numberboards denote it as a "white ... (more)
A westbound CSXT empty unit train of SCWX gons has crested the grade at Sunbright and is rolling downhill toward Duffield. The small trestle was replaced by a culvert and fill several years ago. T... (more)
A Southern Railway board of directors special rounds the curve near the top of the hill at Sunbright, VA behind a pair of green FP7s. This is the coal-heavy Appalachia Division.
A westbound CSX empty hopper train mushes through the snow at Sunbright, VA, on NS trackage rights. The switch served the Foote Mineral plant here--a lithium hydroxide processing facility closed a... (more)
The First Church of Kudzu: The rear helpers on this eastbound CSX coal train are passing the church at Sunbright (a.k.a. Horton's Summit) at the crest of the hill out of Duffield. While kudzu has ... (more)
An eastbound unit coal train for Duke Power is near the top of the hill at Sunbright. "White face" GP38-2 denotes this as a radio train, with mid-train remotes.
Four fairly new GE C40-8s in the very forgettable "stealth" paint scheme are westbound on NS trackage rights at Sunbright, VA in 1989.
NS SD60M #6768 leads a westbound empty hopper train around the tight curve at Sunbright, VA and in front of the now dormant Horton Summit Church. The grey equipment seen on top of the cab is the n... (more)
NS 387 climbs Horton Summit, on its way to Andover.
An empty hopper train snakes over Bootleg Trestle, in Sunbright after sunset. Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
Three days after Christmas 2007, a westbound NS hopper train climbs upgrade from Natural Tunnel to Sunbright on a rainy and gloomy day in southwestern Virginia.