CSX's former C&O mainline connecting Russell, Ky., with Clifton Forge, Va., has been stripped largely of its C&O signals and infrastructure, however a few relics continue guiding coal trains in th... (more)
New Progress-built SD70ACe-T4 No. 8906 leads an empty hopper train through the the W.E. Coal River Siding on its journey to Danville and the coalfields of southern West Virginia.
An AEPX coal train from north central West Virginia navigates the seldom photographed Bills Creek Industrial Track on its short jaunt to the John E. Amos Power Plant for unloading. The head end is... (more)
Departing Alloy yard limits and crossing the Kanawha River at Deepwater, NS-rebuilt GE AC44C6M No. 4181 leads over 12,000 tons of West Virginia coal into the Virginian's Deepwater Tunnel. It's an ... (more)
Signs of an early spring are increasingly noticeable in this late March 2020 view of Kanawha River Railroad freight KN 380 at Hometown, W.Va. A mild winter and early spring has led to a premature ... (more)
Early signs of spring are noticeable in the river valleys of West Virginia as outbound Kanawha River Railroad freight KN 380 rolls through Buffalo with two EMD SD40-2Ms.
Climbing of the dip near Arbuckle, KN 30 and its EMD SD40-2M duo lead manifest cars south on the Kanawha River Railroad to Dickinson Yard.
Early signs of spring and a pair of matching Watco black-and-yellow EMD SD40-2Ms add a splash of color to this southeast Ohio scene. Soon, this Kanawha River Railroad manifest will cross the Ohio ... (more)
Steam returns to Bluefield... NS 060 is preparing to depart Bluefield Yard in southern West Virginia enroute to Grundy, Va., for a series of NS 21st century steam excursions. Two SD40-2s wi... (more)
How times have changed on the C&O... Distributed power is now a common practice on mainline manifests, as freshly rebuilt GE AC44CM No. 7003 is positioned mid-consist for Rocky Mount, NC to... (more)
Ethanol empties for Chicago head for Russell, Ky., from Hinton, W.Va., under the guidance of former Clinchfield Railroad SD40 No. 3016. It's good to see a near-50-year-old SD40-2 doing head-end ho... (more)
A freshly rebuilt CSXT AC4400CW, now re-classified as a GE AC4400CM, leads CSX H751 west along the swollen Kanawha River at Eagle - just west of Mount Carbon on its run along the former C&O mainli... (more)
Westbound approaches Thurmond..... Coal empties for southern West Virginia ease into Thurmond, silhouetting the Chesapeake & Ohio depot and a bad order hopper car. Soon to be greeted by a c... (more)
Fall colors return to Loup Creek... A pair of R.J. Corman tunnel motors are at a crawl of less than 1 MPH as they pull 10 loads of export coal out of the Pax loadout, uphill toward Mount Ho... (more)
Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 leads UP 844 toward Ogden, UT, exiting a pair of mainline tunnels just east of Morgan, Utah.
Exchanging loads for empties.. The Kanawha Eagle shifter navigates the ex-Winifrede Railroad yard tracks in Chesapeake after spotting outbound loads. Soon, the GP38-2s will grab ahold of another s... (more)
Two GATX Rail-leased GP38-2s bring a load of 25 coal hoppers through Winifrede proper, nearly halfway between the Kanawha Eagle loadout and the staging yard in Chesapeake, WV. As soon as the loads... (more)
Two EMD GP38-2s navigate Winifrede hollow with 25 coal loads for the CSXT interchange at Chesapeake. After loading the unit train in multiple cuts and delivering to the small Winifrede Yard, a CSX... (more)
After flood loading 25 coal hoppers, a pair of GATX Rail-leased EMD GP38-2s depart Kanawha Eagle Mine as they navigate Winifrede's yard tracks on the return trip to the CSXT interchange at Chesape... (more)
Two EMD GP38-2s with Midwestern roots have found a new purpose serving Blackhawk Mining's Kanawha Eagle Mine on the former Winifrede Railroad. Here, the two leased motors haul the first cut of 27 ... (more)
The Little Kanawha River Railroad's SW1200 duo pose in the evening light on the south side of Parkersburg. This obscure short line railroad uses former B&O tracks to serve industrial customers alo... (more)
Rebuilt SD40-3 No. 4067 leads four other standard cab EMDs toward Parkersburg along the Ohio, framed by First Energy's Pleasant Power Station in the background.
Under the guidance of five standard cab EMD locomotives, CSX Q317 navigates the original B&O street running in downtown St. Marys on New Year's Day. The consist is led by three West Virginia-rebui... (more)
Fall colors return to Loup Creek... A pair of run-through CSXT CW44ACs enter the only tunnel on R.J. Corman's former C&O Loup Creek Branch near Mount Hope. The two CSX locomotives are retur... (more)
Richmond-Russell manifest CSXT H751 meets eastbound grain loads in downtown Montgomery during a torrential downpour. Unconventionally, a YN2-painted SD40-2 has the honors of leading this day's man... (more)
A pair of Union Pacific GEs and 100 empty grain hoppers descend Price River Canyon on their way to Helper, Utah, from Provo. The empty train has already navigated Soldier Summit and will soon exit... (more)
There might not be any photo lines or a Big Boy 4-8-8-4 barreling down this right-of-way along Union Pacific's Overland Route, but this obscure rail line in one of West Virginia'a most remote sect... (more)
Good Morning Big Boy No. 4014... Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 and 4-8-4 No. 844 double-head west across the Overland Route near Granger at sunrise on May 6, 2019.
Union Pacific Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 leads Union Pacific No. 844 west across the Overland Route near Walcott, Wyo., on its way to Ogden, Utah, from Cheyenne, Wyo.
BNSF Railway GE ES44C4 No. 6708 leads a high priority, 9-car intermodal train east along BNSF's Red River Valley Subdivision near Ashtola, Texas.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 2-8-2 No. 483 leads a photo freight across Cumbred Pass, nearing the summit on its way to Antonio, Colo., from Chama, N.M., during Trains Magazine's August 2018 ph... (more)
A BNSF Railway manifest rolls through Bena, passing the iconic Southern Pacific searchlight signals at Sandcut on its way to northern California from the Midwest.
The drone of a distant coal mine conveyor belt is drowned out by the lead locomotive of a westbound empty coal train approaching Hull, west of Iaeger, in the middle of NS's Pocahontas District bet... (more)
Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief No. 4 catches the last rays of a smoke-diffused sunset as it barrels across rural Colorado enroute to La Junta, Colo., from Raton, N.M. Wildfires in Color... (more)
With low fog and a full moon silhouetting the Norfolk & Western coaling tower at Farm, an eastbound grain train waits to pull east with a leased Progress Rail ex-Burlington Northern EMD SD70MAC in... (more)
Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief No. 4 catches, quite literally, the day's final seconds of sunlight as it descends Raton Pass on its way into Trinidad, Colo.
Rolling toward the flue shop at track speed, Norfolk & Western J-Class No. 611 performs a night runby for photographers attending a N.C. Transportation Museum photo shoot at Spencer on Sept. 1, 20... (more)
Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief No. 4 catches this late summer sunset outside of La Junta, Colo., on its eastward journey across the original Santa Fe mainline toward Dodge City, Kan., a... (more)
A westbound empty grain train rolls across the Norfolk & Western mainline through far southern West Virginia under the cover of darkness. Heavy rains and humid nights have created for a foggy jour... (more)
Wild 'N Wonderful West Virginia... Heavy rains have just pushed to east, allowing an evening sunset and low level fog to greet Chicago-bound passengers on Amtrak's westbound Cardinal No. 51 as it ... (more)
Summertime surprises... An eastbound coal train continues east toward Hinton after meeting two westbounds in St. Albans as remnants of a detonating thunderstorm collide with the low evening sun an... (more)
At 2:55 am local time, a trio of Norfolk Southern AC units run as light power to Farm to assist an eastbound coal drag across the ex-Norfolk & Western Elkhorn grade. As thick fog builds across Eas... (more)
Summer nights in the New River Gorge... With the milky way overhead, eastbound export coal loads slice through the darkness at Claremont along CSX's New River mainline in southern West Virginia. T... (more)
Kanawha River Railroad GP39-2 No. 3901 hangs out in Nitro as a summer thunderstorm rolls across the Kanawha Valley, leaving behind flash flooding and quite a lightning show.
After heavy rains earlier in the night, a full moon illuminates the N&W-built coaling tower at Farm as an eastbound grain train waits for a relief crew and pusher set before continuing its journey... (more)
About as far away from the CSX mainline as you can get in the backwoods of southern West Virginia, an empty coal train led by CSXT 3133 navigates sharp curves, thick fog, and tight clearances thro... (more)
A DPU-equipped grain and loaded coal train illuminates a tied down ethanol train at the east end of Handley Yard. Soon, the 200+ car train will begin its assault on New River, while the ethanol tr... (more)
CSX Q693 has nearly completed its crew run across CSX's ex-C&O Big Sandy Subdivision as it silhouettes the leaning C&O cantilever signal at FO Cabin shortly after sunset on June 1.
With three empty hoppers for the Western Maryland interchange at Spruce, Cass Shay No. 11 navigates low clouds and fog as it traverses the Cass connecting track between Leatherbark Jct. and Old Sp... (more)
Enroute to the Western Maryland interchange at Spruce with coal empties for Harper Mine, Shay No. 11 eases by the Old Water Tank, climbing in elevation through dense fog and light rain in this spr... (more)
During its first run of the 2018 season, Heisler No. 6 leads the Durbin Rocket into Durbin as heavy rain showers drift across Cheat Mountain in this early spring view.
Norfolk Southern C40-9W No. 9247 leads an autorack train north across the famed High Bridge trestle on NS' CNO&TP 1st District in beautiful rural Kentucky.
An Amtrak Acela Express transit heads for New York Penn Station from Washington Union Station as it spans the Susquehanna River at Perryville, Md., at sunset.
Four ex-Norfolk Southern EMD SD60s bring up the rear of a 96-car coal train on its way to NS at Elmore Yard. The train has just finished its run across the Kanawha River Railroad's Mullens Subdivi... (more)
A quartet of Watco-owned ex-Norfolk Southern EMD SD60s assist 96 loads of West Virginia coal across the Virginian Railway trestle at Slab Fork on the second day of spring. The early spring foliage... (more)
Norfolk Southern's Wabash painted heritage EMD SD70ACe leads an empty coal train south through downtown Charleston's industrial scene on the first official day of spring.
A pair of QUBE Logistics QRX diesel electrics lead a short container transfer back toward Junee after working Harefield in southern New South Wales.
CSX H751, the company's news 500-mile road local, rolls through Big Rock near Scott Depot, W.Va., with EMD GP15-1 No. 1552 in the lead. The new H-series local performs all local work previously ha... (more)
Watco G511 leads a container train into Intermodal Group's container yard at Fremantle against a beautifully blue Indian Ocean.
BNSF ES44AC No. 6382 leads NS 189 westbound through the S curves at Jugneck, just east of Bluefield on NS' former Norfolk & Western mainline.
After being recreated in Bluefield, British Columbia Rail GE C40-8M No. 4602 leads NS 52G through the S curves near Ingleside, as it passes a westbound empty hopper train headed for Bluefield.
Sporting its British Columbia scheme, BCOL C40-8M No. 4602 leads eastbound NS 52G through Powhatan, eastbound on NS' ex-Norfolk & Western Pocahontas District mainline.
British Columbia Rail GE C40-8M No. 4602 leads eastbound NS grain train 52G through Keystone, W.Va., in the far southern West Virginia coalfields.
Coal loads for Denver ease through Rio Grande's Byers Canyon near Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., on Sept. 30, 2017.
A pair of Watco-painted EMD SD40-2Ms lead northbound Kanawha River Railroad freight KN 381 through West Virginia's capitol city of Charleston.
Led by two Watco-painted EMD SD40-2MS, the northbound KN 381 rolls through Belle, W.Va., on Watco's Kanawha River Railroad in West Virginia.
Amtrak's eastbound Cardinal No. 50 glides through the S curves at Big Rock on a snowy morning in Scott Depot, W.Va., on CSX's ex-Chesapeake & Ohio Kanawha Subdivision.
A northbound loaded coal train rolls by a snow covered Eleanor on Watco's Kanawha River Railroad in West Virginia. Even though the train has run-through NS power and coal hoppers, the train is bei... (more)
A meet in Nitro? Really? Just like the good 'ole days, KN 380 takes the siding a Nitro while a northbound NS-powered coal train holds the main as two trains meet on Watco's Kanawha River Railroad ... (more)
Kanawha River Railroad southbound freight KN 381 rolls through the small town of Poca led by Watco-painted EMD SD40-2M No. 412 and a leased CEFX bluebird SD60.
Kanawha River Railroad northbound freight KN 381 navigates one of a handful of small hills along the Kanawha River led by former SOO Line SD60 No. 6011.
A westbound coal train for Cincinnati, Ohio, gives a roll by to a passing eastbound near NJ Cabin on CSX's ex-C&O Northern Subdivision. The westbound's headlight, led by SD40-3 No. 4060 is piercin... (more)
An assortment of Union Pacific and HLCX-painted lease locomotives sit in storage at UP's Grand Junction yard in far eastern Colorado. The stored units consist primarily of GP15-1s, GP38-2s, a few ... (more)
With spring in full bloom, a westbound empty grain train rolls through Prichard, W.VA., on NS' former Norfolk & Western Kenova District in far western West Virginia.
The times how they've changed... With the last rays of sun resting on the Appalachians, an eastbound unit grain train led by CSX SD40-2 No. 8315 struggles to maintain track speed on the beg... (more)
A pair of veteran NS EMD SD60 idle on the south end of the Kanawha River Railroad's Dickinson Yard during a brief spring rain shower. The SD60's are leased to the KNWA for pusher service and coal ... (more)
Union Pacific's Southern Pacific heritage SD70ACe idles near the pit at Weller Yard in-between coal run service in the coalfields of rural southwestern Virginia.
Union Pacific's freshly painted Southern Pacific heritage SD70ACe heads for the pit at Weller Yard after dragging coal loads off the Levisa Branch and into Weller Yard on NS' Buchanan Branch in ru... (more)
The red markets of Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief train No. 4 illuminate Santa Fe's ancient wig-wag signal at Delhi, Colo., on the Raton Subdivision. For decades, this unique signal war... (more)
A pair of brand new BNSF Railway GE ET44AC's lead an eastbound baretable train through the Mojave Desert on BNSF's ex-Santa Fe Transcon.
A quartet of BNSF Railway locomotives serve as DPU's on a Mojave-bound freight train ascending the world famous Tehachapi Pass.
Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr train No. 5 climbs Donner Pass on its way to Emeryville, Calif., from Chicago. Photo taken from Silver Lariat, a privately owned CB&Q business car.
Tight fit for the Zephyr... The Emeryville-bound westbound Zephyr No. 5 slices through a countless number of tunnels on Union Pacific's Donner Pass route in northern California. Photo taken... (more)
Could it really be 2017? Amtrak California Zephyr trains Nos. 5 and 6 meet just east of Glenwood Springs Canyon both featuring privately owned dome lounge cars. Here, we look east fr... (more)
Unique find in the Nebraska flatlands... A former Indiana Railroad EMD SD10 idles with a cut of freight hoppers at ARS' Grand Island facility in rural Nebraska. The old SD10 is an original ... (more)
Unique find in the Nebraska flatlands... A former Indiana Railroad EMD SD10 switches freight cars at ARS' Grand Island facility in Nebraska. The vintage SD10 was originally built for the Mi... (more)
After leaving Winslow, a Santa Fe-painted EMD GP60 No. 196 and two other veteran GPs lead a local freight to the Apache interchange at Holbrook.
The new workhorses of the Northeast Corridor, Siemens' ACS-64 locomotives, rest at Washington Union Station in this early March 2017 view.
As seen from Washington Union Station's track No. 30, a quartet of Siemens-built ACS-64 locomotives rest in-between passenger trains on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor.
Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr train No. 5 crosses the Mississippi River from Illinois into Burlington, Iowa, as seen from CZ car Silver Lariat.