CSX 8154 leads a southbound loaded coal train downgrade around the last of the famous Clinchfield Loops at Ashford, NC.
Running north to meet southbound Q696-28 at Rocky, Q692-28 splits the Clinchfield Signals at Ashford with a rebuilt C40-8W doing the honors.
A former C&O rebuilt SD40 leads a NB mixed freight within the scenic mountain crossing known as "The Loops". The milepost is still pure Clinchfield, still in place amidst the flaming fo... (more)
The NS Savannah & Atlanta heritage unit made an appearance on the old Clinchfield route with CSX train Q698-01 to Hamlet NC
Southbound coal coming down the loops.
This northbound hits a fleeting window of morning light as it hustles upgrade at Ashford.
A late afternoon northbound manifest begins the long ascent of the Loops up to Altapass.
The North Fork of the Catawba River is flowing strong as CSX 783 crosses and rounds the big horseshoe curve in the community of Ashford, NC. The train has just completed the journey south down th... (more)
The 761 DPU has just assisted an extra south down the Blue Ridge loops and is crossing the North Fork Catawba and highway 221. Next stop is the siding at Sevier.
Northbound hoppers head into the grade at Swofford Road crossing above the first of the loops where the former Clinchfield ascends the Blue Ridge range.
Southbound coal train rounding the bottom loop at Ashford.
Northbound hopper train is beginning its ascent of the Blue Ridge on the bottom loop at Ashford.
Southbound coal train is completing its descent of the Blue Ridge on the bottom loop at Ashford.
CSX Q692 splits the signals at Ashford and slowly ascends the Loops. The ex-BN SD40-2 behind the SD70AC is not running, resulting in a slow climb. This northbound will meet an extra south ahead a... (more)