Coal may not be what it used to be and the trains may not roll through the community of Sproul as often as they used to, but the loyal Chesapeake & Ohio style cantilever signals still guide trains... (more)
A dwarf protects the Big Coal Siding on a chilly Winter night after a little snow had fallen the night prior.
CSXT 5333 pops out of Sproul Tunnel on the Coal River Sub.
It was a more innocent time… when a summertime swim in the Coal River might mean jumping off the railroad bridge at Sproul, and that’s what the photographer found when he visited there on June 24t... (more)
With a layer of wet snow covering the trees and foreground, CSX E613 bound for the coalfields makes the southbound trek over CSX's Coal River Subdivision, near Sproul Jct.
Emerging from Sproul Tunnel, westbound coal loads knock down the C&O mast signal at Sproul Jct. and pierce into the fog with two six-axle GE's on the lead. A Full moon is just minutes from setting... (more)
Approach at Sproul Junction..
As the full moon dips behind the mountains, a fog has developed in the Coal River Valley this morning allowing for beams to project a red cast onto the Sproul Tunnel and surrounding brush.
As a result of a wheel set needing changed out on a coal train in Alum Creek earlier in the day, the coalfields have stacked up with trains that will remain congested through the rest of the night... (more)
With less than two minutes until midnight, westbound Danville loads silhouette the Sproul Jct. mast signal as they emerge from the Sproul Tunnel in dynamic braking. With much of the Coal River Sub... (more)
Silhouetting the eastbound signal at Sproul, westbound Danville loads head for St. Albans.
A YN1 painted SD40-2 leads a work train at Sproul, eastbound on CSX's Big Coal Subdivision to Elk Run. YN1 painted locomotives are increasingly rare on the CSX system.
A YN1 painted SD40-2 sits at Sproul waiting to get more DTC blocks to head on up the Big Coal Sub.
Idling at downtown Sproul, CSX H065 sports a veteran YN1 painted SD40-2. Only a select few YN1 locomotives remain.
CSX 758 at Sproul continues on up the Coal River Sub as fresh snow blankets everything.