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Photo ID: 536525

The highest point on any direct rail route between New York City and New Orleans is about a mile ahead of the engine at this point: 2,581 feet above sea level. This famous line was built before th... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 4501
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 28, 2015


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 28, 2015

Views: 643
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Photo ID: 536524

Forty Five Oh One squeals around a tight curve through a cut a couple of miles east of Marion, VA.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Marion, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 4501
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 28, 2015


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 28, 2015

Views: 200
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Photo ID: 536523

At Glade Spring I opted for the "dark side," because I thought it looked better for a side-by-side with the old N&W position light signal. About 25 photographers were on the "sunny ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Glade Spring, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 4501
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 28, 2015


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 28, 2015

Views: 315
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Photo ID: 536522

This is McMullin, VA, the top of a tough climb in both directions. The summit is about 200 yards ahead.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: McMullin, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 4501
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 28, 2015


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 28, 2015

Views: 210
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Photo ID: 536521

In the days of steam and heavy passenger trains on the Bristol Line, the big N&W J-class locomotives would frequently hit 90 MPH or more between Abingdon and Wallace---coming down Wyndale Hill (th... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-2
Location: Wyndale, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 4501
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 28, 2015


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 28, 2015

Views: 731
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Photo ID: 535753

This scene doesn't even exist today. Not long after these shots, construction of the highway bridge in the east end of Appalachia, VA began, which obliterated the grade of the Interstate main line... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Appalachia, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 2813
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 02, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 22, 2015

Views: 3,979
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Photo ID: 535752

This scene doesn't even exist today. Not long after these shots, construction of the highway bridge in the east end of Appalachia, VA began, which obliterated the grade of the Interstate main line... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Appalachia, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 2813
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 02, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 22, 2015

Views: 1,764
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Photo ID: 535751

On March 10, 1985, the Interstate Railroad's Second Hill crew crosses the Powell River at Blackwood, VA. My vantage point was a long-abandoned highway bridge hidden in the woods that once carried ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Caboose
Location: Blackwood, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SA 257
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 10, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 22, 2015

Views: 1,075
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Photo ID: 535750

On March 10, 1985, the Interstate Railroad's Second Hill crew crosses the Powell River at Blackwood, VA. My vantage point was a long-abandoned highway bridge hidden in the woods that once carried ... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP38
Location: Blackwood, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 2750
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 10, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 22, 2015

Views: 609
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Photo ID: 535749

A fearsome-looking Southern SD45 leads a westbound train at Jasper, VA on June 17, 1985. The small bridge crosses the North Fork of the Clinch River, which is just a small stream this far up in th... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD45
Location: Jasper, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 3117
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 17, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 22, 2015

Views: 1,190
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Photo ID: 535646

A westbound empty train of "common" (railroad-owned, non-unit train cars) rolls through a big reverse curve behind mixed EMD and GE six-motor power at tiny Clinchport, VA. This is NS tra... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE C30-7
Location: Clinchport, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 7058
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1987


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 21, 2015

Views: 940
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Photo ID: 535644

The drawhead (a.k.a. coupler) of an N&W caboose is in the foreground as a big GE idles in the background. This is Norton, VA, October 2, 1990.

Railroad: Norfolk & Western
Locomotive: GE C36-7
Location: Norton, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NW 8527
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 02, 1990


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 21, 2015

Views: 555
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Photo ID: 535643

In November 1984, passengers are preparing to board a southbound Amtrak train on track 4 at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. This train is a New York to Washington express.

Railroad: Amtrak
Locomotive: ASEA AEM-7
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November, 1984


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 21, 2015

Views: 464
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Photo ID: 535642

September 1988: I was riding the rear unit (a GP30) of three Southern units (both units ahead are GP35s). No, this isn't anywhere on the Southern. We're dropping downgrade on the former Clinchfiel... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP35
Location: Rocky, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September, 1988


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 21, 2015

Views: 693
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Photo ID: 535640

This is an eastbound Union Pacific set of two "lite" engines (no train) at Dale Junction, Wyoming--May 23, 1987. This is famed Sherman Hill, on the original transcontinental railroad opened in 186... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Dale Junction, Wyoming
Locomotive #: UP 3501
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 23, 1987


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 21, 2015

Views: 572
Comments: 1

Favorited: 5

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