One of the first beauties of spring here in the mountains are the colorful redbud bushes. Here they adorn a CSX trackage rights empty train waiting "in the hole".
Westbound empties await a meet amid the sweet smell of early spring. I liked the early -8s because they weren't "smooth". I like hatches and projections and boxes and all those things.
Redbug time in Virginia is a favorite for railfanning. The little town of Honaker even has a redbug festival. Here a local is waiting to go west surrounding by the emerging wonders of spring.
Crewless coal train waits for two westbounds.
NS WB hopper train about to enter siding behind local + meet EB CSX coal.
NS local w/hoppers coming up behind, a coal train just past & 2 helpers going east!
On NS rails with NS helpers ready to head back WB
On NS rails with WB CSX empties
Eastbound on NS (going away)
Redbud time in Scott Co. NB Empties, Note, unit is still 6000HP.
The westbound empty leg of the Eastman coal train (73A) is seen here passing Paul's Service Station in "downtown" Daniel Boone, VA
NS 891 charges westbound through Dan'l Boone behind a SD70/C39-8E team as the sun sets over Southwest VA