U52 tops the hill at Raitt Tunnel and begins their downgrade run to Hurley with a newer UP GE on point.
The J78 pusher passes through Virginia Lee on the tail end of NS 820, having just topped the grade in Raitt Tunnel.
U58 brings tidewater loads over the crest of Raitt Mountain, passing the signal at Virginia Lee, where a siding used to end. The Southern Pacific Heritage Unit, which has hung around the Buchanan ... (more)
The J79 pusher set shoves on the rear of loaded coke train U55, having just topped the grade at Virginia Lee, between Weller and Hurley.
Rolling downgrade through Virginia Lee, the J79 pusher set on the S0M passes the kitbash NKP-style signal, one of many that are along the Buchanan Branch.
The J79 helper trio has just crested the top of the hill at Raitt Tunnel and rolls on the rear of loaded coal train 82G. Once they get to the bottom of the hill at Hurley, the helper set will cut ... (more)
The Dash 9 pusher on U54 starts to hold the 162 empties back as they crest the grade at Virginia Lee on the Buchanan Branch.
Shoving hard on the rear of westbound loaded train U60, J85 crests the grade at Virginia Lee just after exiting the tunnel. These locomotives will push to Hurley, cut off and return light to Well... (more)
Emerging from the former N&W tunnel at Virginia Lee and cresting the steep mountain grade, NS westbound loaded train U60 begins it's decent to Hurley to drop off it's train and cut the pusher's of... (more)
NS 066 with the Southern 630 is headed back towards Grundy, about to enter Raitt Tunnel.
Southern 630 is panned eastbound at Virginia Lee, VA, with the first of seven Grundy to Devon, WV R/T excursions. Raitt Tunnel--the top of the hill at Home Creek--is just ahead.
On the remote Buchanan Branch of the NS Pocahontas Division, an eastbound mty man out of Williamson is climbing toward the tunnel at Home Creek. Even by 1994, the distinctive ex-N&W CPLs have been... (more)