Number 5000, the "Diversity in Motion" unit, leads a load of southbound coal across the "Skaggs Hole" bridge at Towers.
CSX 145 creeps out of Towers Tunnel under the watchful eye of its namesake deep in the heart of Breaks Gorge on the Virginia/Kentucky state line.
The grade has lightened up a bit as these two pusher locomotives coast in a light throttle as the southbound it is assisting rolls through the dip at Toms Bottom. The train has just completed a 7 ... (more)
2009's edition of the OCS special rolls across the bridge at Skaggs Hole near the siding at Towers. I was lucky enough that the skies were overcast on this day because this particular angle is nev... (more)
With its namesake Towers towering in the background, CSX 208 has just exited Towers Tunnel and is rolling through the bottom floor of the Breaks Gorge in extreme Southwest Virginia on former Clinc... (more)
CSX 801 has just exited the Towers Tunnel, named after the massive rock seen in the background which towers over the Breaks Gorge. Not an easy place to get to, but well worth the effort...
Pushers returning light pass through the seldom seen south portal of Towers Tunnel on the former Clinchfield.
Pushers roll NB approaching the South End of Towers. This was a good parting shot. A day long stay at Towers was well worth it and I was rewarded with great weather and excellent mountain railroad... (more)
As the last rays of sunlight fall this extra north crosses the bridge at Skaggs Hole. The foliage for this year is almost gone but one thing rests assured......the coal trains will still roll on.
Pushers are working hard as they help move a loaded coal train through Towers.
After meeting a helper and an extra north at the south end of Towers siding this extra south with pusher is digging hard to get the 14,000 plus ton train started as it nears the community of Toms ... (more)
Seen from the overlook high above Skaggs Tunnel you can see a breathing taking view of the tracks at the SE of Towers. I suggest only going for this picture in the non-summer months.