Two CSX and two NS diesels lead an empty coal train towards Grafton.
734 moving into Cumberland to ready for a special run.
734 is pretty as a picture slowly moving around the upper side of Helmstetter's here. She's being operated by "trainee" Duane Barnes, under the careful watch of WMSR Senior Engineer Kevin Rice.
9018, a GE C40-9W, is the helper on this manifest. It's working easily at track speed here, but it won't be long till she'll be throttled up on Sand Patch Grade.
Cumberland helper pushes Q226-26 out of town for a trip over Sand Patch @ 1/8th
WMSR fireman Dan Morris cools off and checks the inside of this left hand turn for the engineer as we climb steep grade and sharp curves just west of
Brush Run Tunnel. The photo was taken from t... (more)
TK's conductor swaps out a failed EOT device, engineer TK dials in the new EOT 41439 and they do an air test before heading west out of Cumberland enroute to New Castle
Old glory illuminates, the rails glisten, and the West Hump glows as the late setting July sun starts to fade behind Wills Mountain. RC SD40-2 heads east through the yard for it's next hump move.... (more)
Wide angle view of the W&LE run through ore train
Q217 leaving the Queen City
WMSR Senior Engineer Kevin Rice along with fireman Dan Morris bring 734 into the Cumberland Station to pickup two persons who have paid to operate her today, at Helmstetter's Curve. It's 8am, and... (more)
Western Maryland 734 working hard on a cool October day
A CSX auto train heads north through Cumberland.
2 railfans I met(standing on the bridge below train) at Sand Patch met up with the K110 Wheeling and Lake Erie ore train waiting for a spot in CSX's Cumberland Yard.
6000 power starts grinding towards points east past some relics in the twilight.