From late '79 until mid 1987, Shamrock Coal fielded a rather unusual unit coal train on the L&N, primarily. Tired of dealing with the railroad's constant car and motive power shortages, Shamrock p... (more)
This nondescript control stand was EMD's standard for many years. In this case, it belongs to former Louisville & Nashville GP30 number 1030. The geriatric veteran now pulls excursion trains at Oa... (more)
L&N U28C 1531, plus two GE cousins, both U30Cs, is recrewed and ready to roll south of Etowah, TN at the south end of Corbin's East yard. The silos in the background belong to Arch Mineral (previo... (more)
Unless you were around the Southern Railway System during the last 20 or so years of its existence, the spectacle of a main line train roaring by with its lead unit running long hood forward might... (more)
A westbound mixed freight is stopped off the grade crossing just east of OX Cabin, where double track goes to single for the climb to East Alleghany, Va. The freight is waiting for Amtrak's eastbo... (more)
A morning Christmas run of the popular Three Rivers Rambler stomps upgrade under the Riverside Drive bridge near the end of the line. The train stopped for about 15 minutes just beyond the curve t... (more)
An empty train of stone hoppers awaits a recrew at Bull's Gap, TN. While foreign road power (that is, non-NS) shows up at times, the CP units up front are not typical.
Three Pevler blue N&W SD45s and a matching blue cupola cab are tied up at Boody, VA, just east of St. Paul. An L&N derailment at Coeburn has the railroad (the Clinch Valley District of the Pocahon... (more)
This is a cold November 1980 night at Southern's Andover, VA engine facility---or the "pit" as it was commonly called. A host of EMD GP38-2s are idling through the nocturne, their air co... (more)
L&N 781 and 773 (E7 and E6) await the next passenger train at Louisville. There were always two "protect" units stationed here.
This was taken on August 5, 1968 at the 10th Street "Roundhouse" serving Louisville Union Station. The units on the left have brought the southbound Pan-American in this day, and the two... (more)
"Shouldn't Paint So Fast." That's what many wags called the ill-fated merger between Southern Pacific and Santa Fe. Initiated in 1983 as a holding company, the ICC eventually denied an a... (more)
"Run, run, Rudolph, gotta get Santa to town!" With apologies to Chuck Berry--CSX's 2014 Santa Train sprints through Speers Ferry, VA on its annual 100-mile trek from Shelby, KY to Kingsp... (more)
Viewed from the old Route 66 bridge between Ash Fork and Seligman, this eastbound stack train is about two miles from the point where the 44-mile Crookton Line Change of 1960 begins. The old main(... (more)