A drag enters West Virginia from Maryland, crossing the Potomac's North Branch and the Thomas Sub, visible at lower right.
5413 and a GP35 begin an afternoon's work by getting into position to meet an ore train. The pair will be cut in as a mid-train helper set and stay with the train as far as Monessen.
AVR 3 crosses the Mon and heads back to Glenwood, hauling one of the last cuts of "dirty dirt" gons from an industrial clean-up site in Washington.
On a gorgeous Spring afternoon, a pair of W&LE SD40-3s assist a loaded ore train eastbound through Snowden.
This desolate scene at Mingo sums up the state of the US economy and steel industry in the spring of 2009.
It's been about three months since the ore trains stopped running on the W&LE's east end, but recently coke traffic has been running to Baltimore, MD. Here, a loaded coke train digs in for the cl... (more)
Surrounded by trees and mountains, 21J briefly pops into a pocket of light before plunging back into the shadows.
Dark clouds are rolling in as 23W passes a helper set lurking in the shadows.
13N departs Altoona, making a run for the steep grade ahead.
Seeing double. For a short while, both of the W&LE's Kodachrome Geeps were in Rook at the same time, allowing a somewhat rare photo opportunity.
2703 approaches the diamond at Spencer, the crossroads of the W&LE.
The morning rush is on at Rocks as an eastbound rack train passes a stopped MARC train. I can't believe this photo was taken nearly 21 years ago.
This was a great chase, but in hindsight I wish I called in sick to work and continued following the train to Connellsville.
A westbound wayfreight from Rook heads towards Mingo Jct. on the former P&WV.
Weirton is one of those places that I wish I would have visited more often. Unfortunately today the mill is not nearly as active as it was a few years ago, and it's highly unlikely that the blast... (more)