After having lugged a heavy coal train from Bluefield and uncoupling, GP18 910 bangs across the diamond heading for the Roanoke engine terminal on a drizzly April afternoon. Perhaps only on the N... (more)
While the dominance of 40’ boxcars came to an end during the 1950s with the creation of the standard 50’ boxcar for general merchandise traffic, some 40 footers like this beauty from the American ... (more)
All dressed up and places to go! A cleaned and polished 611 backs towards its train in preparation of the inaugural run out of the loco's home town and birth place.
A " J" on its home rails- CPLs, telephone poles and Virginia mountain scenery--it does not get any better for an N&W fan!
Crank up the heat. The Strasburg Railroad's night hostler "dials up the thermostat" with a shovelful of the coal to keep the engine house bearable on a chilly February evening. Although th... (more)
After running weekend excursions out of Roanoke, N&W 1218 charges up Blue Ridge Grade Monday morning on a transfer move pulling its tool car and 40 freight cars.
A manifest freight eases down Christiansburg Grade on hot and hazy August afternoon. The EMD SD40, SD-40-2 and SD45 heading the train represent the N&W's heavy haulers during the last decade of th... (more)
The New River hamlet of Whitethorne has perhaps ten dwellings. Its importance to the modern N&W--and today--is that of a helper station. Eastbound coal loads normally need a shove to get out of th... (more)
A rare (1 of 4) N&W GP38-2 is leading this eastbound manifest through snow flurries on a bleak and blustery day.
Do not try this at home.
leased NW units sit at Santa Fe's Hobart diesel facility
A SD45 road slug set exits Montgomery Tunnel. The N&W operated two such SD45 sets which were typically assigned to coal service. The slug unit was built from a damaged SD35
The old N&W corporate offices provide an fitting backdrop to an NRHS directors special returning from a round trip to Bluefield.
An east bound coal train passes through the small New River town of Pembroke on a mid-summer evening.
Perhaps my greatest chase of 611 was a little publicized trip carring school children. Few chasers, beautiful weather as the train heads heels into a curve a few miles east of Bluefield. Other t... (more)