As the sun retreats into the Western horizon, eastbound Q216 approaches the popular over-under crossing of the former B&O and N&W at Shenandoah Junction.
The Williams Brothers sand train highballs north through Auburn behind a pair of SD70MACs. Unfortunately, the former Conrail leader is painted in the awful new CSX paint scheme, but thankfully she... (more)
Westbound mty hoppers bound for the Kentucky coalfield descend the grade across Baum Hollow Trestle.
CSX 788 heads slowly off the Coal River and onto the kanawha Sub main.
A westbound coal train creeps onto the Kanawha Subdivision with loaded coal out of Elk Run, WV.
Eastbound mixed freight climbs the 1.6 percent near Oreton on NS trackage rights.
Patriotic bunting and a flag brighten the approaching Independence Day mood as Q56802 brings 67 cars upgrade on NS trackage rights.
A 67-car Q568 mixed freight (temporary schedule) sweeps around a curve in the "Strawberry Patch" approaching Big Stone Gap, VA. Already, the conductor is calling the NS dispatcher to see if they c... (more)
Mixed freight Q409 having just crossed two trestles enters Iona Island as you still see it's tail end under the Bear Mtn. Bridge.
In the course of about 10 miles, E747 has dropped over 1,000 feet in elevation.
E747 slows down to work Rowleburg yard on its way west. It's good to see the yard full of hoppers again, even though the M&K branch has been severed.
788 crosses the Cheat River with two cars as he works Rowlesburg yard.
Tunnelton was once a busy interchange point between the B&O and the now defunct West Virginia Northern. 747 makes good time through town today as he rolls west with clear signals.
747 passes a modern signal, hardly a proper replacement for the B&O signal bridge that once stood here.
A pair of CSX engines lead a northbound manifest towards North Fond du Lac, WI late in the day.