The sound of dynamic brakes can be heard as NS 123 winds downgrade at Old Fort mountain for the last time. This would be the last scheduled through freight over the S Line from Asheville-Salisbury... (more)
Back before PSR, when this was a vibrant through route a former N&W celebrity throttles up to conquer the famous loops to the east. I will all end with SER, Super Efficient Railroading, in which ... (more)
Woodchips bound for the soon to close Evergreen mill at Canton, NC grind through Jarrett's tunnel on the Old Fort loops.
Snow showers cover the tops of the Blue Ridge Mountains as westbound P87 climbs the Old Fort loops in western North Carolina with woodchips for the Evergreen mill at Canton. In less than 10 weeks... (more)
The end is near for woodchips going to the Canton, NC mill from Bristol packaging at Bridgewater. Storage cars line the sidings at Old Fort that used to be used to meet trains before the line was... (more)
NS P87 on the Low Fill then 5 minutes later on the High Fill as it makes its way up the Old Fort Loops
A pair of NS SD70ACes drag NS 135 up Old Fort mountain after a substantial snowfall.
P87 prepares to climb the Loops with a train of hoppers and woodchip gons in tow.
After traversing the Loops, P87 winds into Old Fort with a train of empty chips for Bridgewater.
The first weeks of Spring also bring the final weeks of woodchips being hauled on NS local P87. With the impending close of the paper mill in nearby Canton images like this will soon be a memory.
Having just passed the West End of Coleman siding, NS 135 blasts out of Jarrett's Tunnel headed West.
NS 135 swinging through a rock cut at the bottom of high fill on Old Fort mountain about to cross over Mill Creek.
NS 135 starting its assault on Old Fort mountain seen here approaching Dendron.
NS 135 heads West at Old Fort about to climb through the famous loops to get up to Ridgecrest and Asheville.
NS's chip local rounds the last horseshoe curve on their climb at the loops with a lengthy train for Asheville.