I was hoping the leaves would be near peak on this Sunday but they were well past it. Fortunately, the rugged terrain traversed by the former Monongahela is scenic at any time of year.
On a cloudless afternoon, another load of black diamonds is shuttled through Greene County on NS's busy Manor Branch.
Most of the leaves have already left the trees, but a pair of bright future AC44s adds some color to this scene on NS's Manor Branch.
Coal is king on the Manor Branch, it serves Consol's Bailey and Enlow Fork mines, the two most productive deep mines in the US.
AC power is almost always used on CSX coal trains, making it somewhat unusual to see this C40-8W in coal service on the Manor Branch.
I was getting ready to walk back to the car as the shadows crept towards the track, but N21 showed up moments before the entire scene went to shade.
Halloween morning begins with a loaded coal train working downgrade on the Manor Branch. It's just past 8:30 and the sun is slowly rising over the hills in Greene County.
NS helpers bring up the rear of a CSX coal drag. Having already crested the summit of the Manor Branch, this pair of GEVOs will soon cut off and return towards Bailey for their next shove.
The Bailey Helper heads upgrade after shoving a CSX coal train over the summit of the Manor Branch.