Southern 4501 approaches the west portal of Natural Tunnel on the return leg of a steam excursion to Appalachia.
A loaded Yuma Turn, NS 607, crosses Bootleg Trestle approaching Natural Tunnel. The dynamics are doing their part to hold 607's speed in check approaching the 15 mph speed restriction through Natu... (more)
A CSX unit coal train running on NS trackage rights between Big Stone Gap, Virginia and Frisco, Tennessee crosses Bootleg Trestle approaching Natural Tunnel.
When the chairlift opened at Natural Tunnel in the early '90s, the many folks who rode this new access to the bottom were met by an NS company cop with a side arm. He turned anyone who wanted to w... (more)
October 18, 1994: Late in the afternoon, an eastbound NS coal train is in silhouette as it drops downgrade over "Bootleg Trestle" near Natural Tunnel, VA.
I've photographed Southern, L&N, NS, Seaboard System and CSX trains crossing this bridge for over 50 years, so here's one more to add to the pile. This is an eastbound NS coal train, dropping down... (more)
As the sun sets deep down inside Natural Tunnel State Park, NS 2673 leads eastbound empty unit coal train 745 through the state park, bound for a meet with NS 386 at Jasper.
It's redbud time in southwest Virginia as an eastbound manned helper passes a local homestead which is now part of Natural Tunnel State Park. The head end is already in the tunnel. The bus is f... (more)
A westbound CSXT empty unit train of SCWX gons has just negotiated the 17-degree reverse curve through Natural Tunnel, and is throttling up for the balance of the climb to Sunbright. The early day... (more)
NS 8101, the Central of Georgia heritage unit, is seen here leading its first train towards the southwest Virginia coal fields, thru Natural Tunnel. Casey Thomason photo, copyright Norfolk Southe... (more)
Train is diminished by the tunnel's size.
An eastbound CSX unit train approaches the North Portal of Natural Tunnel via NS trackage rights. Stock Creek flows quietly to the left.
A rare passenger consist traversed NS's southwest Virginia rails in the fall of 1996 when LENOWISCO, the southwest Virginia planning commission, organized a shipper special. After greetings at Nat... (more)
Loaded coal train 78G greets the visitors at Natural Tunnel.
A CSX empty hopper train rolls into Norfolk Southern's Natural Tunnel.