On September 25, 1984, Seaboard System Extra 7091 South attains the top of the switchback at Hagans, VA. Behind the three six-motor units on the point are 90 cars of coal loaded at Merna, KY, then an L&N bay window caboose, and finally three four-motor units shoving on the rear. The train will remain on its own rails until Norton, where it will follow N&W trackage rights to St. Paul, VA. The switch target in the foreground is a distinctive L&N model. This shot appeared in my article "The CC&O Connection" in the August 1985 issue of Trains Magazine. I think that particular piece of writing and photography altered the greater railfan world of the existence of this unique piece of track work---the only main line switchback in the nation. After that, the landscape at Hagans and Smiley (the bottom) was trod by a lot of "foreigners" with cameras in search of trains on the switchback.