Highball to Etowah! Three big SD50s are wound up to the "company notch" south of Corbin a few miles as they head to Etowah, TN and points south with gusto. Apparently there wasn't suffic... (more)
Three from the crew of four are conferencing with the Corbin dispatcher for some reason at Appalachia. This train is a St. Paul to Norton run on the former L&N Cumberland Valley Division. This tra... (more)
The rear pushers keep the slack bunched up "Big Pennington" Hill at milepost CV250 on the former L&N Cumberland Valley Division main. This train is a Loyall to Erwin, TN unit coal train.... (more)
Pooled Clinchfield SDs have an L&N coal train marching upgrade at Dorchester Junction. Until 1973, L&N and the short line Interstate did a major interchange business here for Clinchfield traffic v... (more)
A BN Powder River Basin unit coal train slowly grinds up the long grade from Denver to Palmer Lake on the Joint Line. Although this is a BN train, the crew is Santa Fe. For many years, by agreemen... (more)
At Corbin in 1983, Seaboard System 3208 is a former SCL GE Road Mate. These high-tech slugs (25 in all) were delivered with a group pf U36Bs. SCL used them in Florida's bone value for a time. Two ... (more)
If your railroad company owns the track, it's usually pretty much expected who'll get a clear signal and who'll wait. At Big Stone Gap, an eastbound NS unit coal train winds it up after its engine... (more)
An SP "Cadillac" (nickname for the road's rebuilt SD9s) rests between assignments at South San Francisco.
Late in the day, CSX Extra 148 South is grinding up Duff Mountain grade just past the crossover at Oaks on the west main---as a hi-rail piloted by a track supervisors and assistant roll north on t... (more)
One of the earlier units to get a CSX paint job was this SD45, seen early one rainy morning as it headed back toward Loyall, KY on NS trackage after shoving a coal train. This first version had &q... (more)
This SP "toaster" was one of several leased to the L&N during the '70s, when coal loadings in the Appalachians were at very high levels. The Western visitor idles at the engine terminal ... (more)
A former L&N GP38-2 (same number) leads a southbound coal train on the main line at Boody, VA. This is the former Clinchfield Railroad main line, just north of St. Paul, VA.
A southbound unit coal train has taken the siding at Kermit, VA to meet two northbounds, the first of which--a 90 car empty train--roars into view.
A southbound unit coal train bound for a Georgia Power steam plant rolls along the ex-L&N K&A Division main between Etowah, TN and Cartersville, GA. Those searchlight signals were distinctive on t... (more)
I had gone to Louisville to ride behind restored L&N Pacific 152 on her first public run---a "thank you" special to donors, Kentucky Railway Museum members, and other invited guests. The... (more)