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» CSX Transportation (CSXT) (more..)
» GE B36-7 (more..)
» Crooked Hill (more..)
» East Bernstadt, Kentucky, USA (more..)
» April 23, 1989
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
» CSXT 5910 (more..)
» CSXT R211 (more..)
» Ron Flanary (more..)
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Crooked Hill was a major operational challenge for the L&N Railroad, both for southbound tonnage (up) and northbound coal (down). Its name was earned honestly, too, because it was (and is) a rather serpentine path of steel. Since coal was predominantly a northbound affair at the time, L&N lifted the southbound main (on the left) in 1963-'64 when CTC replaced ABS-directional running double track. At the time of this exposure in 1989, a good number of auto rack trains still plied this route---including R211, on the approach to the top of the grade behind a pair of "Tote Boats." Alas, train frequency here is much diminished from those days as the racks have moved to the eastern side of the old L&N system via Louisville, and coal traffic has taken a considerable hit because of low natural gas prices, Federal regulations on the mining industry, and retirement and/or conversion of the oldest thermal energy plants in the Southeast.
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