The conductor rides the cab steps as U53 approaches Roda with 20 yellow ball empties. The Roda coal storage silo is evident in the background; the Roda loader is adjacent to the silo.
NS U53 has come to a stop, and also the end of the ex-Interstate Railroad's Roda Branch, just above the switch to the empty tracks at the Roda loader. Brakeman Harold Yearwood throws the switch as... (more)
Storm clouds approach as NS U52 rolls through lower Roda en route to the Roda tipple. U52 will place 22 yellow ball empties at Roda and pick up a similar number of loads.
Five days before Christmas 1991, an NS mine run eases up the steep grade to the mine load-out at the end of the Roda Branch. The Roda (VA) Baptist Mission Church is still there today, but the bran... (more)
An NS mine run out of Andover works the load out at Roda, VA, on the former Interstate Railroad. This facility (and the entire branch) fell into disuse after the closure of Westmoreland Coal's Vir... (more)
Conductor Harold Yearwood rides the lead engine on one side as engineer Jim Chafin leans out of the cab on the trailing locomotive on the opposite side. U53 has placed "yellow ball" empt... (more)
NS U52 slowly rolls over Mudlick Creek at the upper end of Roda. The crew has picked up 34 snow covered "yellow ball" loads at Roda and will continue eastward and pick up another 32 "yellow balls"... (more)
First Mine Run conductor Ralph Napier (right) starts his work to place "mtys" and pull loads at the Roda loadout. This branch was abandoned in 1995---but on this day, this is the prototypical loos... (more)