The 1980's were a great time to be a Railfan especially if you loved steam engines.
From the west coast to the eastern US, big steam was polishing mainline rails.
In 1982, N&W 611 was returned... (more)
Wabash heritage unit #1070 races west near CP Singer on Norfolk Southern's Christiansburg District on March 22, 2021. On the adjacent track an eastbound double stack train heads towards Roanoke, V... (more)
An eastbound train eases down Christiansburg Hill on its way to Roanoke. The classic Norfolk & Western signals that used to control the line are now a memory, replaced by these new tri-light signa... (more)
We're at the Singer crossovers on the Norfolk and Western mainline, west of Roanoke. High short hood C628 1115 leads four other assorted units on a westbound manifest.
Memorial Day morning finds the N&W 611 heading east through Riverside with the return trip to Roanoke.
Flying Old Glory during Memorial Day Weekend, a Westbound power move passes CP "Singer" in Wabun.
Westbound train 823 heads from Norfolk, VA to Williamson, WV with a load of empty coal hoppers. The NS 1030 which was the final heritage unit that NS did is the leader. Although this engine does n... (more)
In a rare "over/under" the N&W 611 begins it's charge up the Christiansburg Grade, passing under the Ex-Virginian Whitethorn District, which is occuped by a coal train, carrying black di... (more)
A LORAM RG-401 grinds the rail between Riverside and Wabun on the Whitethorn District, working its way into Roanoke
N&W's 611 returns to Roanoke after its trip to Radford on a 4th of July run.
Blue Ridge Mountains A Norfolk Southern coal train travels westbound east of Riverside, Virginia, on October 24, 1990.
35Q rolls through Riverside, VA approaching Buena Vista.