From late '79 until mid 1987, Shamrock Coal fielded a rather unusual unit coal train on the L&N, primarily. Tired of dealing with the railroad's constant car and motive power shortages, Shamrock p... (more)
As the sun heads toward the tops of the hills, L&N 865 makes a late afternoon passage through Pennington Gap, VA (or "Pennington" on the railroad). At the time, this was still an open tr... (more)
A fairly new GE U25C plus two SD35s fronts L&N freight 66 as it passes through Pennington (Gap), VA. The concrete footings to the right mark the location of the water tank that stood here until th... (more)
A trio of Seaboard System four-motor GEs waits in the house track lead at Pennington, VA for pusher duty to Norton a little later in the evening. The coal train these three units will shove is jus... (more)
Pennington agent/operator J.B.Chadwell points a finger at an approaching motorist at the crossbuck-only unprotected crossing near the depot. He's flagging to allow train 864 to get a "run for the ... (more)
Headed home to Kentucky with a train of mostly empty coal hoppers, Extra 169 North crosses the North Fork of Powell River on its entry to Pennington Gap, VA. The L&N dropped the "Gap" as its name ... (more)
CSX MofW foreman Jack Bardo watches his crew as they finish work on a crossing at Pennington Gap, VA. In the background, southbound unit coal train V303 waits patiently until enough work is comple... (more)
Agent/operator J.B. Chadwell flags the crossing in Pennington as Corbin (KY)-bound through freight 864 passes and gets a run for Big Pennington Hill.
First unit train off the St. Charles Branch after rebuilding in '83.
A CRR unit fronts the Corbin wrecker, getting set to head to Dryden, VA to clean up a nasty derailment in 1975.
Northbound Shamrock Coal mty unit train at Pennington (Gap), VA