On another SB coal train, fairly plentiful in those days.
The painter had still missed several units after a few years and some power was on lease so there goodies around every turn here in the place I will always remember for giving me 41/2 great years.
Back in my working days we would occasionally have to come here from the county seat for lunch. For some reason this helper string has tied up here, probably due to a crew out of time.
One of the first beauties of spring here in the mountains are the colorful redbud bushes. Here they adorn a CSX trackage rights empty train waiting "in the hole".
Another NB empty train rolls across the open fields after exiting the river gorge.
Lately the railroad has been resurfacing the Bristol line and has replaced a tremendous number of ties. The discards are piled up every 1/4 mile or so. This humble word trains job is to retrieve... (more)
A real veteran. How many SW-1s ever operated in Arkansas? Not many. But one is still there and still working as of this date. Called "donkeys" on the Milwaukee, I first became acquai... (more)
Seems like an appropriate locale for a General Motors product. On a stretch of railroad saturated by GEs seeing anything else justifies a chase on the intricate backroads of the Tri Cities. This... (more)
Can it be seventeen years ago. I still think of these as new. They are not.
Yeah, roster shots are easy but you have to be there and a portrait is a joy forever.
New to the railroad from CSX. I don't think I ever saw pictures of this unit in service, which brings up a question. Why does no one maintain a really comprehensive CSX roster? Units are retire... (more)
Well they sent me here at their expense and like you can't be in training all the time and like you got to have some recreation. I got a lot of shots that way.
Oh they were turkeys but four of them on a big coal train was sweet music nevertheless. This southbound is nearing the end of double track on its trek to a powerplant somewhere.
We never got many of the ex CR CSX units in this area, probably something to do with cab signals, so this one attracted some attention as it handled a SB coal train, in the hole for a meet.
Originally Amtrak. It looks good but I'm not sure when or if it is used. Due to the steep grades and slow speeds it would seem to be a good "horsepower stretcher" but thus far in two t... (more)