Seemingly oblivious to the uphill grade, 20W makes good time ascending the West Slope at Portage. Track in the foreground is an old alignment of the main and is still used to access a nearby coal... (more)
7210 is working hard, as the lone helper on C90. Two more 80MACs are up front, leading the coal train upgrade on the West Slope.
Bringing up the rear of an empty PPLX train, four units lend a helping hand to the six Corman engines up front.
A pair of CSX units lead a westbound empty coke train across western Pennsylvania on the W&LE. Train is bound for Follansbee, WV where it will receive another load of coke for shipment to Sparrow... (more)
A touch of fall color can be seen in the background as Q317 works upgrade through Swanton. It's amazing how inconsistent the fall colors can be - there's hardly any here, but at nearby Big Run St... (more)
The small yard at Rowlesburg was as empty as I've ever seen it - a cut of hoppers in the distance were the only occupants.
It's only early October and the fall foliage already appears to be slightly past peak at Altamont.
U878's pace has slowed as he nears the summit at Altamont, about 1/10th of a mile ahead. At 2628', Altamont is not only the highest point on the Mountain Sub, it's also the highest point served b... (more)
Oakland is not the highest point on the Mountain Sub, but at 2382' it's one of the highest points on CSX and over 100' higher than Sand Patch. Of course, Oakland is also well known for its train ... (more)
It's all red at D Tower as dusk descends on Grafton, one of the country's oldest railroad towns.
There's not much else going on in Keyser today as an 80 car coal drag slips past the old yard.
317 gets underway on the Mountain Sub with a quartet of dark future units up front.
A drag enters West Virginia from Maryland, crossing the Potomac's North Branch and the Thomas Sub, visible at lower right.
5413 and a GP35 begin an afternoon's work by getting into position to meet an ore train. The pair will be cut in as a mid-train helper set and stay with the train as far as Monessen.
AVR 3 crosses the Mon and heads back to Glenwood, hauling one of the last cuts of "dirty dirt" gons from an industrial clean-up site in Washington.