The uniformity of the floodloader coal is impressive.
A coal drag rumbles out of Hickory Creek #1 tunnel, enroute to Georgia Power.
An old Alco with the cab removed and a "phonebooth" added to the front for an operator, deep within the coalfields of Virginia.
With two of three engines down, this southbound coal drag will need more than a little help from the shack at Morley and the helper crew.
With the old Consol VP #8 prep plant looming in the background, an old workhorse rusts under the coal loadout. This Consol met coal operation was closed down several years ago and is currently bei... (more)
While the brakeman lines the switches to head back north, a trackhoe snags one more overhanging cedar to clear the ROW. The worktrain will soon enter the tunnel under Cumberland Mountain and pop o... (more)
A coal move grinds uphill at Chaska, as the helper light is visible under the coaling tower as it heads to the tailend to shove. The helper shacks days are numbered, as a new one has been built at... (more)
A worktrain consisting of a freshly painted GP40-2 and a Jordan spreader prepare to head north, leaving the great state of VA and entering KY on the other side of the tunnel at Hagans Switchback.
End of the line. Not often you find new trackage on a mainline built within the last year. The south tail track of Hagans Switchback has been extended to allow for no doubling of the trains as in ... (more)
Loads off the P-D await crews to take them to the Pocahontas main at Wharncliffe. What a day, with snow, rain, and deep snow later at Clarks Gap. Thanks to Jay for being the navigator riding shotg... (more)
Southbound K803 heads up the beginning of the Duff Mountain grade and will not need a helper today.
A freshly painted and yet battered SD40-2 smokes southbound out of the Hickory Creek #2 tunnel.
With a group of company execs looking on, an NS crew prepares to begin loading black diamonds at the National Coal Turley loadout.
Leading the way with three motors, NS 606 slowly idles a string of mtys under the busy frontend loaders.
A frontend loader gets down as it loads a Top Gon. Not seen very often, this style of loading coal in Appalachia is very expensive due to fuel costs though is a necessity when there are no loadout... (more)