June 14, 1987: Even though this is now a Norfolk Southern operation, the daily "C" train is led by a classic Southern Railway GP38-2 this evening. The train has just passed the control p... (more)
On a nice July morning in 1987, a CTC-meet is being executed on the NS Appalachia District on the controlled siding between "Boone" and "Watkins." Holding the main is Extra 523... (more)
I'm finally getting the time to scan some of my old slides again (well, ALL of my slides are now "old," since I shot the last one 11 years ago). This is a meet at Watkins, VA (Dan'lboone... (more)
Two former Southern SD40-2s have just cut away from the rear of an eastbound coal train at Watkins. They have the light first, and then the waiting CSX train in the siding will follow on the pushe... (more)
A three unit pusher set has cut away from the cab of a coal train at Watkins, and now the engineer has "widdened" on the throttle to get rolling back to Big Stone Gap ASAP. There, the cr... (more)
Viewed from the cab of an eastbound Norfolk Southern coal train, this westbound Seaboard System empty train is headed back to Kentucky for another load of bituminous. The SBD train is running on t... (more)
A CSX unit coal train holds the main at the controlled siding between Watkins and Boone to meet a westbound NS train. This is, in fact, NS trackage. This was once Dan'lboone Yard--a staging locati... (more)
The pushers (left) on a CSX coal train are ready to cut off and return to Kentucky as a westbound waits in the siding. The empty train will follow the pushers back toward Big Stone Gap.
A pace shot along old US 23--this CSX EMD is in full voice as it heads toward Kentucky with a string of empty unit train hoppers.
An eastbound "C" train for Bulls Gap has just passed the still-new east end of the siding at Boone, VA. The coal train will add fill tonnage at Yuma before continuing to Tennessee.
Too early for breakfast at the Hob-Nob---'cause it ain't open just yet. Two eggs over medium, bacon, biscuits and gravy would be nice though.
No doubt where this shot is taken. A morning eastbound slides around the curve at Boone after dropping his rear helpers.
The Hob-Nob---a great little greasy spoon short order drive in, straight from the '50s.
A great place to feed your face with jumbo cheeseburgers and fries while CSX and NS trains roll by.
The Hob-Nob....a great place for a cheeseburger, fries, cold Coke.....and the trains of both NS and CSX.