Faith. It's all coal country has left...
The gloomy weather is fitting for the scene. A Buchanan Branch hill run takes loaded coal buckets toward the Pokey main passing three church - front cros... (more)
A rare (for these parts) SD80MAC brings up the rear of the J79 pusher set, returning lite to Weller Yard passing the signal at Home Creek.
J79, the Weller Pusher, stops at the signals at the top of the grade at Home Creek to meet 92J with an ex-CSX PRLX leaser leading a slop train.
Nearing the crest of Raitt Mountain, UP 1996; their Southern Pacific Heritage motor, leads U58 and J78 pusher westbound through the previous week's snowfall at Home Creek, Virginia. This train of... (more)
A cold November Rain has been falling all morning on Raitt Mountain in Buchanan County, Virginia. This mountain grade is one of the steepest on the Norfolk Southern at 1.7%, and the wet rail ha... (more)
2 SD70ACe's and an ES44AC shove the rear of loaded tidewater coal train U54 through the interlocking at Home Creek. Just around the corner, the grade crests at Raitt Tunnel, where the helpers will... (more)
Home Creek, Virginia is the Summit of the stiff 1.77% Climb from Weller Yard to the Raitt Tunnel. The grade under the locomotives is leveling out and entering a 9 degree turn before the plunge int... (more)
Grinding and weaving upgrade through the coal fields of Buchanan County, NS U60 carries it's westbound loaded train above the small community of Home Creek on former N&W rails.
Southern 630 passes under as it enters into the west end of Raitt Tunnel.
SOU 630 puts on a show by the Virginia Lee signals just yards from entering Raitt Tunnel.
Southern 630 charging into the west end of Raitt Tunnel.
An eastbound coal train struggles to the top of the grade through the cut leading to Raitt Tunnel, at Home Creek. At Devon, this train will turn east toward Bluefield. Three more units are shoving... (more)