With an increasingly rare matched set of locomotives still in the older CSX YN2 or "Bright Future" paint scheme on the point, a very short version of manifest freight Q539 rolls southbou... (more)
With three on the headend and two on the rear, 7200 ft. Q539 emerges from tunnel 9 on Crooked Hill attempting their best steam engine impression.
Q539 climbs Crooked Hill as the helpers from East Bernstadt shove on the rear, seen through the portal of tunnel #9.
On October 20, 1995 I was at the south portal of the old northbound bore of Tunnel on Crooked Hill (KY). Coming straight at you is a southbound unit coal train. Two more GEs are shoving on the rea... (more)
On November day in 1995 I met up with Paul Schneider and Tim Hensch for a day of shooting trains on the former L&N KD Sub. Paul was doing a video production for Trains Magazine, and my assignment ... (more)
A northbound "double" drops down Crooked Hill on the former L&N "KY" main between Corbin and Cincinnati. The train includes six SD50s and 180 empty coal hoppers---basically the... (more)
As viewed from the Crooked Hill helper, southbound manifest Q549 rolls into East Bernstadt. This train was light enough to climb the hill without assistance.
Things are not always as they seem in railroad images. What appears as a BN SD45 popping out of a tunnel somewhere out west is actually a former BN unit now owned by the Oxford Group (WC reporting... (more)
Crooked Hill was a major operational challenge for the L&N Railroad, both for southbound tonnage (up) and northbound coal (down). Its name was earned honestly, too, because it was (and is) a rathe... (more)
A SB Georgia Power loaded coal train is down to a crawl as it does battle with the former L&N's Crooked Hill north of London, KY.
CSX 7824, NS 9869 & HLCX 6315 struggle hard near the summit of Crooked Hill with 112 cars of mixed freight. Trailing HLCX 6315 is listed as ex-CP 5522, an SD40.
Southbound stack train Q143 tops Crooked Hill unassisted and blows by the hill helpers near North Bourne on the CC Sub. Good to see a pair of SD40-2's earning their keep amist the unending parade... (more)
These two chip wood cars jumped the track on the East Bernstadt Industrial Siding.
Southbound completes the climb of Crooked Hill, passes idling helpers awaiting next assignment
The London Switcher rolls up to a stop at the Crooked Hill Helper Station after working the woodchip plant just to the north.