Locomotive historians have had a difficult time deciding the actual model designation for the 800. In actual technical EMD model terms, the unit was built as a late F3. Although it was never a for... (more)
A light snow is falling at Appalachia as the crew and a host of operating officials reshuffle the power on this, the first of three test trains from Loyall, KY to Erwin, TN using Southern (NS) tra... (more)
Running out their last service miles, two former L&N U25Bs await a recrew at Norton, VA before returning to Loyall, KY. The two GEs (plus one EMD four-motor unit) shoved a coal train from Kentucky... (more)
Just a couple of months after the new bridge and connection between Seaboard System and NS was completed at Big Stone Gap, a westbound NS empty man from Bulls Gap swings around the curve into Appa... (more)
Very late in the day, an eastbound unit coal train blasts through Duffield, VA behind a quartet of C&O SD50s. Actually, this is a CSXT train (and locomotive) by now, but the big unit on the point ... (more)
Shortly after daybreak, a northbound CSX intermodal is on the approach to the diamond with the former C&O Piedmont Sub at Doswell on this, the former main line of the Washington-Richmond Richmond,... (more)
On the west slope of Sherman Hill, a westbound UP freight emerges from the south bore of the Hermosa Tunnels. This train took the Harriman Cut-off (Track 3), so its power is still pulling at this ... (more)
The red bud is blooming in this portrait of a northbound NRHS special crossing the former Clinchfield Railroad Copper Creek Viaduct. The propulsion chores are handled today by the "Final Four... (more)
A northbound (by railroad direction; southbound by compass) empty unit train rolls across Powell River at Roaring Branch, about a mile north of Big Stone Gap, VA. The ex-L&N line--now abandoned--g... (more)
The rear helpers (two SD50s) are shoving a southbound coal train upgrade from the middle leg of the Hagans switchback. The crushed traction sand laid down by the road units is still on both rails ... (more)
As viewed from the Crooked Hill helper, southbound manifest Q549 rolls into East Bernstadt. This train was light enough to climb the hill without assistance.
A mine run returns to Pennington Gap with 15 loads of coal from the mine at Bennedict, VA, above St. Charles. The bridge emerges from a short tunnel from the NS junction at Pocket, crosses the Nor... (more)
A CSX office car special with traffic reps from Eastman Chemical stops briefly for a photo at the Tennessee-North Carolina line in remote Nolichucky Gorge. The same river in NC is the Toe.
Head end of X8616 at Jones' Cut, Irondale, VA
Pushers on CSXT 8616 East at Irondale, VA.