Living on borrowed time.... With her days of service numbered, a Norfolk & Western J-Class Steam Locomotive is in the care of the night hostlers as a leased diesel-electric cab unit approac... (more)
Southbound Powhatan Arrow. Reaching the south end of the yard, the Conductor calls the "highball" and the nearly 400-ton J-Class begins to accelerate her "Powhatan Arrow"... (more)
Freight hog 611? Norfolk & Western 611 chugs slowly through the north end of the yard in Spencer, NC, hauling a short mixed freight. It almost seems to be heresy that the "ultimate st... (more)
Protectors of the rails. NS Security Personnel pose with Norfolk & Western J-Class #611 as official photographers, including Casey Thomason (left) document the event.
Let it shine! Members of the Fire-up 611 Crew take advantage of a little down-time to wipe away a morning's worth of accumulated soot on their big Northern, in preparation for an afternoon ... (more)
Last minute orders. An N&W Agent hoops up a last-minute update to train orders as the crew of a J-Class Northern departs the Spencer Yard with a north-bound freight.
Relics of a Golden Age. A pair of classic automobiles pause for the passage of a Norfolk & Western mixed train, headed up by a streamlined, J-Class Locomotive that is a classic in its own r... (more)
Her Majesty has left the building. With Fire-up 611 crews carefully monitoring her every move, Norfolk & Western 611 eases out of a stall in the Bob Julian Roundhouse and onto the Spencer T... (more)
Reporting for work. With a hiss of steam from the cylinder cocks, the big Norfolk & Western J-Class #611 slowly eases off the turntable and into the yard at Spencer. Shortly, she'll tie on... (more)
Nature giveth....and nature taketh away. The overgrown siding on the old C&O Durbin Branch is home to a number of pieces of ancient railroad equipment that probably should have been scrappe... (more)
Dead Lined..... Squirreled away on a little-used, overgrown siding off the C&O Durbin Branch, sits a rather rusty piece of machinery that I never expected to see as I hiked along the Greenb... (more)
Miller Time...... After dropping his photo freight on a siding adjacent to the depot, long-time Cass Engineer, Dirk Caloccia takes his 70-ton Shay #4 back to the shops, where she'll join 3 ... (more)
Storming into Whittaker. With a thunderstorm hammering Cass and nearby Greenbank just over 3 miles behind her, the 162-ton Western Maryland Shay #6 does a little storming of her own, enteri... (more)
Work extra to Spruce. The 70-ton Lima Shay #4 heads north on the main line with a short work train destined for Spruce. This location is known as "Old Spruce" and is the junction... (more)
Where rod engines dare not tread. Demonstrating a feat that no rod engine can perform, the former Mower Lumber Company Shay #4 accelerates her work train away from a water stop at Oats Cree... (more)