NS U57, a St. Charles crew based out of the ex-Interstate Railroad's Andover Yard, has just begun loading at the Paragon load out at Kelly View. In earlier years, this track was part of the ex-L&N... (more)
Engineer Ray Thomas, occupying the right seat of NS 2575, slowly maneuvers U47 and its empties along the ex-IRR's Appalachia-Norton main and by the wye at Kent Junction. Once the rear of U47 clear... (more)
NS U48 sports a trio of visiting BNSF units as it loads at Cumberland River Coal's facility at Whitfield, located about a mile south of Pardee, on the ex-Interstate Railroad's Pardee Branch.
Although the weather was gray and dreary, the conductor on NS 607 was quite happy and cheery and in the Christmas spirit dressed as Santa on the run. NS 607 was almost to Roaring Branch between Ap... (more)
In late fall each year, Mother Nature decorates the mountains surrounding Kent Junction by a spectacular display of rust colored oak trees. Engineer C. R. Thomas will make a turn to the right, exi... (more)
A fast moving weather front through the southwest Virginia area produced high winds and driving rain and resulted in a 20-25 degree temperature drop. Although the worst was over, a light rain cont... (more)
The freshly shopped cab on NS U50 rolls by the station designation "TOP" on ex-Interstate Railroad rails at Norton Yard. TOP designates the crest or top of the ex-IRR's uphill grind from... (more)
NS 702 grinds upgrade through Oreton, Virginia.
Unit coal train NS 722 crosses Copper Creek en route to a coal hungry southeastern power plant. The Clinchfield's famed Copper Creek Viaduct towers above NS 722.
A loaded Westmoreland Coal dump train has just exited the ex-Southern's St. Charles Branch, reversed direction and begins its journey along ex-Southern and ex-Interstate rails en route to Wentz, V... (more)
A pair of westbound pushers, running on NS trackage rights, split the signals at East Stone Gap (MP 5) on their return trip to eastern Kentucky.
Westmoreland Coal's Dump Train backs towards the loadout at Holton. The top of the loading silo is barely evident in the center background.
A CSX unit coal train, running on NS trackage rights, is about to pass under Route 613 in East Stone Gap on its eastward journey.
Storm clouds approach as NS U52 rolls through lower Roda en route to the Roda tipple. U52 will place 22 yellow ball empties at Roda and pick up a similar number of loads.
A U36B and a mother (GP40-2 6472) - slug (2248) set have just uncoupled from an eastbound CSX coal train running on NS trackage rights. The trio awaits a signal to return light to Big Stone Gap wh... (more)