The huge sandstone cliffs dwarf the train. This remote location along the Pokey is one of the narrowest.
Crews are being swaped out in the Alloy Yard. Notice the 80 MAC with fresh paint hid between the two units to the right.
The pride of the fleet, "The Spirit of West Virginia", CSXT 1 gleams in the morning sun as it awaits it's next assignment into the WV coalfields.
A harvest moon glows on the hills and valleys of southern WVa.
Welcome to Williamson.
A freight train passes thru the yard at Williamson.
NS U20 backs up the Gilbert Branch to load at Alpha Natural Recources. Cabs like this are still common along the Pokey during mine runs like this.
The Cardinal throws off a beautiful reflection in the New.
Summer time is in full swing along the Pokey. The wild flowers bloom and the coal trains move their product to the powerplants that fuel Americas summer energy needs.
The conductor tries to get the engineer to smile for the photo but nothing doing. With 90 deg. temps cooking the black engine with no A/C, there is not much to smile about today.
A loaded coal train is crossing the left fork of Ben Creek as it decends the steep grade coming off the Gilbert Branch of The Pokey.
This photo is pure Pokey. A coal drag struggling to make the tuff grade as it exits the Vivian Tunnel and crosses Elkhorn Creek. As you can see, the old cement marker is still in use.
A close up of an old N&W CPL in action as a train changes the signal from green to red.
The Pokey goes to hoppin just as soon as the curfew ends. Here pushers J29 holds main two waiting on NS 148 to give a shove east as NS 233 rounds the bend on main one.
The Peach Creek Yard was busy today. Plenty of coal was on the move.