NS coal drag makes its way thru Elmore Yard and cabooses used for mineruns, as it heads down the Gilbert Branch. Track to the upper right heads toward Princeton and the Hill at Clark Gap.
SU92 struggles to Lester, almost having to stop at Surveyor and double over the hill to Mullens on the P-D moments earlier.
NS coal drag awaits a fresh crew at Lomax, below War WV as mtys return northbound on the Dry Fork. Spring is in the air on this busy day on the Dry with redbuds just beginning to show their color.
NS 83E westbound smokes out of the twin Huger Tunnels with a load of mtys.
U38 retrieves coal cars after setting off mtys at Brooks Run Mining in Newhall, WV. The Jacobs Fork is located in the scenic tip of McDowell County, on the WV/VA line. The brakeman has just knocke... (more)
NS U22 makes it's way thru Cucumber, WV picking up loaded coal cars along the way. Not far down the grade sits the junction with the Dry Fork Branch at Rift, WV.
U22 putting together a string of loaded coal cars between Cucumber and Newhall, WV on the Jacobs Fork of the Dry Fork. Swags and dips are the norm for branch rail conditions in the coalfields of A... (more)
In a scene quickly disappearing from the Pokey landscape and WV, a signal on the Dry Fork Branch stands sentinel a little over 32 miles from Iaeger and Auville Yard.
Spring is in the air at the old Beartown prep plant location on the Dry Fork as redbuds put out their color. MOW action is on the siding as the main to the left is cleared to run coal southward ou... (more)
97J rolls down the line toward the Pokey main and Panco Siding, where it'll do some ditch work with a track hoe. Not far behind is U07 coming off the Marrowbone Spur.
On a cold and rainy January day, mine run SU24 crawls out of Glen Alum tunnel with just one motor. Having just come off the Gilbert Branch, the loads will be set off at Beech Creek before heading ... (more)
Time for a crew change along a remote part of the Pokey known as Cedar. With mine run U57 passing and Fall colors showing on the KY side of the Tug, the engines are idled while crews unload their ... (more)
Tied down between English and Yukon, WV at Lomax, this battered ol' girl awaits a fresh crew before lumbering south on the Dry Fork of the Pokey.
Left Fork Processing engine does switching work on the Stone Coal Branch, parking loads which will be picked up by NS U93 the following day. Note the engine is down in a sump, a common track condi... (more)
Power heads back for the second cut after problems on the Hill above Elmore Yard. Tunnel #12 looms ahead after dropping cars off at Weyanoke on the other side of Clarks Gap. This area is extremely... (more)
Pusher set returns to Elmore after shoving a Hill Run over Clarks Gap on the old Virginian.
An ancient GP38AC prepares to leave the small yard on the Lenor Branch to do MOW ditchwork. This won't be the only work on the main as nothing was moving on the mainline for hours.
Westbound coal drag and mine shifter U24 passes the high rock bluffs at remote Alnwick along the Tug Fork river. For brave souls, this area abounds in natural beauty and coal drag after coal drag.
Daily regular 17M leans into a sharp curve on the Pokey close to where WV, KY, and VA come together. The rugged stretch abounds in rock slide detector fences every few hundred yards.
With a broken down unit on the other end being worked on and flagged with caution tape, NS 9868 idles under the Beech Creek signals on the Pocahontas Division.
Work train picking up ties and trees has just cleared Ought-One on Main 1 and will head to Glen Alum after traffic gets by. It is obvious that Main 1 is used for grain trains heading east.
Westbound 147 shuffles along the rock bluffs of the Pokey and by a sea of spring color with the redbuds in full bloom.
Crew readies to depart the east leg of the wye at Wharncliffe, having just cleared Jerry on the Gilbert Branch with loads from Bens Creek.
NS 147 shuffles west on Main Two with the Buchanan Branch running to the right beyond Main Two. The redbuds and dogwoods are just starting to show their color on the Pokey.
Mine run U07 crawls up the Lenore Branch to the Island Creek 25 loadout in a scene representative of the coalfields....trucks and coal trains.
Timed freight 274 enters downtown Matewan between the huge floodwalls erected around the low lying city.
Coal drag 81M rounds a curve in the Tug Fork valley and runs into a patch of late evening sun on the Pokey.
With a friendly wave from the cab, mine run U23 from Bens Creek splits the signals and hits Pokey Main #2. U23 will soon be overtaken by coal drag 820, both headed east side by side in a race to I... (more)
Coal drag 820 gains on 93 cars just loaded at Mingo Logan coming off the Gilbert Branch in a race east. The old signals are quickly being replaced along this remote and hard to access stretch of t... (more)
Backing up to clear the main, 97J and a friendly brakeman prepares to cross the defect detector on the way to Glen Alum. Common to find a caboose on the Pokey most any day.