Thick fog and a heavy blanket of snow have covered the Virginia hills as the Whitethorne pushers wait amid the stillness to assist another coal train over the mountain on their journey to Roanoke ... (more)
As the sun sets on December 1st, 2017, the on demand set of helper locomotives (V51) sit on the siding at Whitethorne, VA idling at the ready to shove another loaded coal train over the mountain.
The New River hamlet of Whitethorne has perhaps ten dwellings. Its importance to the modern N&W--and today--is that of a helper station. Eastbound coal loads normally need a shove to get out of th... (more)
NS 810 streaks by the CPL's at Whitethorne on this beautiful afternoon.
NS 9520 and 9489 sit in the siding in Whitethorne, VA waiting for their next pusher assignment. In the distance is the Virginia Tech experimental farm.
Not long after sunrise, the sun is poking through the fog at Whitethorne, VA. This was a cool morning and the warm water of the New River caused a very foggy morning in the New River Valley.