July 14, 1992: I would spend a long day by myself on Cajon Pass in southern California. I was on a week-long marketing trip with a group of economic developers from Virginia, and this was my "... (more)
This northbound excursion on the Clinchfield is essentially a dead-head move back to Erwin. That morning, the train took a load of patrons to Spartanburg for an overnight stay. At Spruce Pine, eng... (more)
A mine run on the former Interstate Railroad bucks through some snow on the way to the load out at Steer Branch on the Glamorgan-Dixiana Branch.
With a big SD45 on the point (actually a rebuild, classed by the Santa Fe as an SD45u I think), an eastbound stack train is rolling fast across the vast Mojave Desert at Essex. The grade will stif... (more)
This is one of my earliest "action" shots (although I think the train is standing still at the moment). This was taken in December 1960 at the north end of the yard at Loyall, KY. Throug... (more)
The Interstate Railroad's First Hill crew eases downgrade at milepost 13--Josephine, VA--with a unit coal train. The 90-car train of loaded Southern "Silversides" will go out early in th... (more)
Two Southern SDs lay over between trains in the old passing track at Big Stone Gap. This crew has shoved one coal train the 35-some miles to the top of the hill at Watkins, VA (en route, there are... (more)
Southbound through freight 865 bursts from the south portal of 6,544-foot Hagans Tunnel in 1974. Ahead is the switchback that will turn the train 90 degrees left and raise it just over 100 feet in... (more)
Here's a scene that brings back some really wonderful memories. This was taken late in the day on Saturday, October 11, 1986 at Loyall, KY. The steam locomotive--L&N 152--had just returned from an... (more)
The yard crew from Andover is getting in place to shove an inbound office car special into the transloader at Appalachia. The dew is still on the crossties, and it's a rather frosty morning.
An eastbound "radio" Yuma Turn is completing its initial terminal brake test at Andover-Appalachia on the last day in May 1969. The head end is standing on what was once the L&N's Poundi... (more)
Pennsy's Chicago-Miami "South Wind," train 93, backs into Louisville Union Station after a morning run down from the Windy City. After the train's two Pennsy E8s are watered, the train w... (more)
The pushers on this eastbound CSX coal train are helping to hold back the train on this descending 1.8 percent grade.
Coal train dropping downgrade at Wildcat, VA
An eastbound unit coal train climbs the grade at Oreton, on the NS Appalachia District.