L&N's CV Division Norton (VA) to Corbin (KY) daily through freight no. 66 eases by the old passenger station at Appalachia on a snowy morning. The F7/Alco FB-2/F7/Alco RS-3 mix on the point makes ... (more)
Engineer Sam Lanter takes a break en route to North Bristol on a dreary day in 1980. The photographer was his fireman this day (and also engineer at times) in an unsuccessful attempt to use number... (more)
A northbound CSX empty train is just out of the darkness of Sandy Ridge Tunnel in its trip north to Kentucky. Today these rails are rusty from lack of use. This section of the former Clinchfield m... (more)
An NS empty train sits behind the business district in Appalachia, VA awaiting a recrew before continuing up the former Interstate Railroad to Norton.
If you envisioned all of UP's famous Sherman Hill as a photographer's paradise---it's not. Of course there are some grand spots for photography, but other spots are virtually featureless. This is ... (more)
A set of UP road power idles at the Alpha Resources mine at McClure, VA as its string of empty Rio Grande hoppers is loaded with met coal for Geneva Steel at Provo, UT. The coal truck is how raw c... (more)
EMD exhaust stands tall (and is a little excessive in terms of smoke) on the lead SD40-2 of a westbound empty hopper train at East Alleghany, VA. The train on the left is an eastbound unit coal tr... (more)
An eastbound coal train led by Conrail power has exited the dual-bored Mann's Tunnel at Ft. Spring, and is now approaching Ft. Spring Tunnel. This bore was built in the late '40s to eliminate a lo... (more)
A westbound empty hopper train bursts out of the former C&O Ft. Spring Tunnel. This bore was built in the late '40s to eliminate a long curve around the hill as the main line followed the Greenbri... (more)
CSX 92 West mushes through fresh snow at Harvey, VA with an empty coal hopper train heading back to Kentucky for another load of black gold.
Two SD40-2s on a westbound empty hopper train are still rolling along at a brisk speed as they're panned at Avis Yard, Hinton.
A new GE is the rear unit of a pusher set, working at full throttle to keep the slack bunched on a 90 car coal train assaulting the 1.7 percent "Goose Neck"--complete with 14 degree reve... (more)
A westbound CSX empty hopper train rolls through the rain en route from Richmond to Clifton Forge (via Charlottesville and Staunton).
A very rare bird EMD: Clinchfield Coal (no affiliation with the railroad) number 100 was purchased the switch cars at the company's Moss 3 prep plant. Only 15 of the 600 horsepower switchers were... (more)
No. 4 in a series:
On May 14, 1999, I was en route to Lebanon, VA (via Carbo and Cleveland, VA--the "scenic route") when I encountered an NS mine run backing up the Dumps Creek Branch... (more)