RailPictures.Net Photo: SBD 8104 Seaboard System EMD SD40-2 at Smiley, Virginia by Ron Flanary
 
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Seaboard System (more..)
EMD SD40-2 (more..)
Hagans Switchback (more..)
Smiley, Virginia, USA (more..)
March 29, 1984
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SBD 8104 (more..)
SBD X8104N (more..)
Ron Flanary (more..)
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Seaboard System X8104 North has just backed the second half of its 90-car train of empty coal hoppers into the clear at the bottom of the Hagans Switchback, near Rose Hill, VA. A work train has cleared up in the stub track to the right. The power will now pull forward on the Martin's Fork Branch toward the tunnel that will take the train from Virginia to Kentucky. When the rear of the second cut clears the switch second switch shown here, the train will back up to retrieve its rear 45 cars and cab (head car is visible to the left), and continue its journey. Sharp-eyed viewers will note the junction switch target shows red for the straight or typically "normal" route, rather than the diverging route. By timetable special instruction, the normal position (green target) for the lower junction switch at Smiley was for the switchback, and not the main.
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