Sunday, October 11, 1987: "The Last of the Mohicans"---
The merger between Southern Railway and Norfolk & Western to create today's Norfolk Southern was consummated in 1982. Late that... (more)
Two trains pass on the stretch of double track between Habersham and Chaska in 1987. The train on the left is a southbound unit coal train, while the caboose is on the rear of a northbound empty m... (more)
The first six-motor units to operate on Southern's Appalachia Division--three SD24s and one new SD35--are westbound on this cab hop at milepost 15T--the west end of the old siding at Tito.
The first six-motor units to operate on Southern's Appalachia Division--three SD24s and one new SD35--are westbound on this cab hop at Duffield, VA.
Southern Appalachia District engineer Buddy Mumpower is bringing the power into the engine facility at Appalachia with the westbound leg of a Yuma Turn. This is a cab hop, since trains with empty ... (more)
Tools of the trade: Fifty years ago, Southern Railway was using first generation EMD F-units plus a few GP7s to lug coal eastward from its small yard at Appalachia, VA. Two steel bay window cabs c... (more)
Southern 4264 at Appalachia has had a portion of its grill removed--most likely the result of a side-swipe incident. This site would be vacated in September 1965 to make way for construction of th... (more)
A mixed set of Southern F7s and GP7s waits in the engine facility at the old Appalachia, VA yard of Southern Railway. This site would be vacated in September 1965 to make way for construction of t... (more)
An L&N Norton, VA to Corbin, KY train is in the process of having its initial terminal brake test at Norton on May 6, 1980. The joint N&W-L&N yard was unusually empty this day. The SD40-2 and two ... (more)
This was the return leg of a Rocky Mountain Railroad Club excursion from Denver to Laramie and back. UP 3985 powered the train between Speer and Laramie. On the east slope at Bufford, the big engi... (more)
A little human interest: In 1990, a CSX welder grinds down his weld on the frog at the turnout at the south end of Starnes (VA) siding. Track work like this takes a pounding, so it's a constant ef... (more)
Hand Off at the "Horn": On the morning of October 13, 1980, I was able to reach Elkhorn City, KY in time to see the a.m. hand off of overnight hotshot number 97 from the Clinchfield to t... (more)
A northbound cab hop rolls through Pennington, VA, headed for Kentucky. Two L&N U30Cs bracket a "borrowed" SCL SDP35. The steel bay window cab was built at L&N's shops in Louisville, and... (more)
An afternoon C Train eases downgrade in yard limits as it approaches the home signal at the junction with CSX at Big Stone Gap.