Five days before Christmas 1985, a northbound (by railroad direction--southbound by compass direction) Seaboard System train emerges from Callahan's Nose Tunnel at Roaring Branch, just outside Big... (more)
In 1985, I knew trains wouldn't run over this bridge very much longer, so I decided to get just one more shot of a Seaboard System (ex-L&N) southbound coal train climbing upgrade across US 23 and ... (more)
A northbound empty hopper train emerges from Callahan's Nose Tunnel at Roaring Branch, about mid-way between Appalachia and Big Stone Gap, VA. The Southern's Appalachia Division main crosses direc... (more)
A northbound (by railroad direction; southbound by compass) empty unit train rolls across Powell River at Roaring Branch, about a mile north of Big Stone Gap, VA. The ex-L&N line--now abandoned--g... (more)
A northbound (by timetable direction) Seaboard System train drops downgrade over the Powell River at Roaring Branch, VA in 1984. Trains would last run here in 1986. Today the track is gone, but th... (more)
A morning northbound empty hopper train emerges from the fog at Roaring Branch and crosses bridge 44 across Powell River and US 23. This trackage is now abandoned, but the bridge is still there fo... (more)
L&N's morning through freight from Norton, VA to Corbin, KY pops out of Callahan's Nose Tunnel, under Southern's Appalachia District, and then over bridge 44---a combination structure that spanned... (more)
Seaboard System C30-7 7013, and an ex-L&N U30C, provide rear end assistance to a southbound Electric Fuels unit coal train on ex-L&N trackage at Roaring Branch. This line was unused after 1986, an... (more)
Returning from Norton, VA to Loyall, KY during a very well received excursion schedule into the coalfields, this fine old steamer go to go out for a big trip under the auspices of the KRM and SBD.... (more)
Cumberland Valley Division local passenger number 12, a daily Norton, VA to Pineville, KY run, steams downgrade out of Callahan’s Nose Tunnel between Appalachia and Big Stone Gap, Virginia in Ju... (more)
A northbound L&N empty hopper train rolls downgrade over the Powell River. This route has been unused since 1986, and will soon be converted to a rails to trail project.
L&N train 65 passes beneath Southern's Belmont unit train on a snowy day at Roaring Branch.
A Loyall-Norton Turn is headed for home behind a mix of EMD and Alco power.
Westbound hopper train eases into Appalachia, crossing Seaboard System's ex-L&N main below.
Northbound Norton, Va. to Corbin, KY through freight