A westbound CSX empty hopper train tops the hill at Big Cut, VA on former Southern trackage. This pronounced vertical curve goes from nearly 2 percent upgrade on the far side to nearly 1.9 percent... (more)
UP's celebrated Challenger number 3985 has dropped her fire (she was still a coal burner at the time) at Cheyenne after powering the Cheyenne-Laramie portion of a trip out of Denver. This was the ... (more)
Three CSX pusher units are at full throttle behind the Chessie System cab as this unit coal train crosses Copper Creek on NS trackage. At this point, the entire train is stretched out on the ascen... (more)
A northbound (toward Corbin) Lynch Turn is rolling down the Cumberland River at Paulsen, just outside Pineville, KY. The light blue hoppers are ex-Rock Island cars employed by Arch Mineral to hand... (more)
I never did much action night photography because I really didn't have the equipment, and I wasn't very good at it. This one turned out okay. I was using an old strobe on a Nikon FE2 and Ektachrom... (more)
This isn't a great shot, but it sure does bring back some memories. This was taken on a March 1967 day at Loyall, KY. The train led by four big GE six-motor units is a northbound Merna Turn headed... (more)
Friday, June 9, 1967 was just another nondescript day in my hometown of Appalachia, VA. That morning, I grabbed my Argus 35mm camera and recorded this scene looking west. Left to right we see the ... (more)
A set of L&N six-motor power is led by one of the company's rare SDP35s. A second of these units is third back, splicing two GE U25Cs.
A UP pool unit is on the far right at Birmingham's ex-L&N engine terminal. By this date, former Chessie, Family Lines and Seaboard System units were pretty well thoroughly mixed on CSX Transportat... (more)
Peach Creek was the old C&O yard that served the Logan, WV coalfields. C&O's last steam locomotives ran out of here---0-10-0 yard engines and compound 2-6-6-2s. Two B&O GP30s have their old C&O ca... (more)
A southbound coal train drops down "Big Pennington" hill into Ben Hur, VA. The train is rounding "Ten Degree Curve" in the last light of a winter afternoon.
A southbound unit coal train behind three SD50s throttles up at Chaska as a northbound empty hopper train passes on the other main.
Units in yard service take a short break at the south end of the west yard at Corbin.
A northbound coal train off the CV Sub gets the signal at the interlocking at Forbes. The double track leads into the yard at Corbin.
Still coal-fired at the time, UP Challenger 3985 performs a photo run by on a Cheyenne-Laramie round trip for the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club.