Approach Columbia. Pre-COVID 19, this freight typically was a long train with a few mixed freight cars and mostly autoracks otherwise. But since the economic slowdown, F779 has gotten smal... (more)
Local Slug. Led by a slug set, a local freight returns to Andrews Yard this morning from the Southern's old C-Line.
Overgrown! This small section of track between Assembly Street and Hamrick Avenue is perhaps the most unique in the Columbia area. Shown here, the various imperfections in the track, t... (more)
Pasta Switcher. This 1950s era switcher works the Treehouse Farms pasta plant outside of Columbia. It was built for the Chicago & North Western RR in 1953, then worked for NAEX for awhile ... (more)
Bridging Whaley. Led by an ex-SOU GP38-2, NS P77 crosses Whaley Street in Columbia, SC on its way back to Andrews Yard. I try to shoot these High Hood Diesels when I can because I'm not su... (more)
Cross City Coal. A fairly lengthy coal train runs through Columbia, SC near the State Fairgrounds, bound for Santee Cooper's Cross Generating Facility on Lake Moultrie near Moncks Corner, ... (more)
High Hood Local Part 2. Although it was the same unit, I felt fortunate to catch a High Hood unit for the second time in a week and in a different location. Here, former SOU 5218 leads P75... (more)
High Hood Local. With a little help from my friends, I caught this local train on its return from Blythewood, SC to Andrews Yard (near the State Fairgrounds) with the Columbia skyline in t... (more)
The Noisy Neighbor: There's nothing like the mid-morning wakeup call of a loud train horn to get your day started. Hell, it likely sounds like it's in the living room! Such is the cas... (more)
By the Signals. This CSX local turns onto the Eastover Sub as it runs through Devine Junction on its way toward Sumter, SC.
Local Switcher. This switcher makes a daily run (M-F) from Lugoff, SC to Cayce Yard and back. Here, it passes the Columbia Amtrak Station on its way to the yard.
Pig Detour. NS 20D crosses Whaley Street in Columbia, SC off of the Southern's R Line. NS 20D ordinarily runs on the Southern's W Line from Spartanburg, but a derailment on the W near Colu... (more)
Ethanol Movement. Passing an old single-aspect searchlight signal, NS 1224 leads this ethanol load across Assembly Street in Columbia, SC as it heads north on the Southern's R Line. Four o... (more)