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Photo ID: 609967

NS 796's three helper locomotives drift under the Watkins signal bridge while helping stop the loaded 84 car coal train. The pushers will cut off just shortly after they pass the signal bridge and... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 9397
Train ID: NS 796
Photo Date: March 04, 2017


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Mar 14, 2017

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Photo ID: 566762

3559 glides along between the Watkins and Boone Control Points.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 3559
Train ID: NS T31
Photo Date: February 11, 2016


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Feb 21, 2016

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Photo ID: 564972

The pusher of CSX KT24 brakes as they are preparing to cut off and head back to Loyall, KY.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 416
Train ID: CSX KT25
Photo Date: February 07, 2016


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Feb 08, 2016

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Photo ID: 562546

CSX 268 has successfully crested the grade at Watkins and is heading through "The Cut".

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 268
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January 17, 2016


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Jan 18, 2016

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Photo ID: 559880

The pushers on a loaded CSX coal train have topped the grade at Big Cut and are going under the signal at Watkins.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSX 354
Train ID: C201-04
Photo Date: October 04, 2015


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Dec 27, 2015

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Photo ID: 559879

CSX 842 comes to a slow after topping the grade at Big Cut. When the pushers reach the top of Big Cut, they will cut off and head back to Loyall.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSX 842
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 04, 2015


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Dec 27, 2015

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Photo ID: 549128

CSX C201-04 pusher has just arrived at CP Watkins. Shortly they will cut off and head back to Pennington Gap, Va where they will tie down and head home to Harlan.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 354
Train ID: CSX C201-04
Photo Date: October 04, 2015


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By: Brock Dishner

Added: Oct 04, 2015

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Photo ID: 534958

On November 10, 1991, a set of NS pushers is in the clear at Watkins, VA for an approaching CSX unit coal train. The NS units had pushed a coal train that has already departed and is now past Gate... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C36-7
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 8507
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 10, 1991


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 15, 2015

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Photo ID: 512641

A westbound NS man crests the hill at Big Cut, VA, a few miles west of Gate City, VA. The grade through this cut was roughed in before the Civil War by the Virginia & Kentucky Railroad---a line th... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-8W (Dash 8-40CW)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 8987
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October, 2002


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jan 01, 2015

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Photo ID: 510543

On February 16, 2004, CSX unit coal train U382 has attained the top of the hill at Watkins, VA (a.k.a. "Big Cut," or "Danlboone"). The dark azure sky is completely unaltered by... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSX 534
Train ID: CSXT U382
Photo Date: February 16, 2004


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Dec 15, 2014

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Photo ID: 499675

A westbound CSX empty hopper train tops the hill at Big Cut, VA on former Southern trackage. This pronounced vertical curve goes from nearly 2 percent upgrade on the far side to nearly 1.9 percent... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD40-2
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 8247
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: January, 1989


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Sep 26, 2014

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Photo ID: 498004

By 1990, it was getting rare to find Southern units still in the old paint scheme. GP30 2551 is the rear unit in a pusher set at Watkins, VA. Conductor George "Tootie Babe" Lewis is dropping off t... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD GP30
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 2551
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1990


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Sep 15, 2014

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Photo ID: 496560

Three four-axle units have just uncoupled from the old C&O caboose on this eastbound coal train at Watkins, VA (Dan'lboone) after a long shove from the Bluegrass State. It's a 90-mile trip back to... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 6136
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 07, 1988


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Sep 05, 2014

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Photo ID: 496466

Three four-motor units from various pre-CSX components make a full throttle departure back to Kentucky after shoving a unit coal train 90 some miles to this point. The NS Knoxville East End dispat... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 2595
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 1988


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Sep 04, 2014

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Photo ID: 496130

An eastbound CSX unit coal train has attained the top of the hill at Big Cut, VA (the west control point for the siding here is known as "Watkins"). The community gets its name from the ... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 8606
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 27, 1986


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Sep 01, 2014

Views: 2,129
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Favorited: 11
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