Enroute to Lee Creek, N.C., from western Alberta, three Canadian National units power a loaded sulfur train through Marmet, W.Va., eastbound on CSX's ex-C&O mainline. The Canadian visitors add a s... (more)
Wth the South Charleston industrial park in the background, molten sulfur loads for the Potash Corp. mine at Aurora, N.C., roll east along the former C&O mainline under the lead power of CN EMD SD... (more)
Leaning into the S curve on the approach to Big Rock, molten sulfur loads for Lee Creek, N.C., roll across the former C&O mainline sporting three Canadian National locomotives, including EMD SD75i... (more)
Underneath CSX's YN3 'dark future' paint scheme, CSX predecessor heritages representing the Seaboard Coast Line, Conrail, and Chesapeake & Ohio layover at the CSX's Huntington Locomotive Shops on ... (more)
Awaiting their fate at CSX's Huntington locomotive shops, 41-year-oold former L&N SD40-2 No. 8112, now CSXT No. 8112 sits coupled in front of the 54-year-old former C&O SD40 No. 7475, now CSXT No.... (more)
Clear signal Sproul Jct... Westbound coal loads from Danville head for the C&O mainline at St. Albans, exiting Sproul Tunnel and illuminating the C&O mast signal.
Lining the switch for Fork Creek, the Hinton-based mainline crew has nearly completed their midday springtime run from southern West Virginia to the old C&O coalfield, doing their part in preparin... (more)
Empties from Newport News, Va., pass the final C&O-era signal at Brounland, eastbound on the C&O Big Coal Subdivision with a unit train for Fork Creek on the drawbars. In a few short hours, a loca... (more)
25-years-old and maintaining its keep for CSX, a Yn2-painted CW44AC leads 79 three-bay hoppers for Elk Run through the rural coal-driven community or Orgas, on the outskirts of Whitesville in r... (more)
the conductor radios to the head end engineer as the first cut of empties are shoved underneath the Tom's Fork loadout at the tail end of the Cabin Creek Subdivision. ... (more)
Deep in the hills of Cabin Creek, a pair of mainline CSX motors runaround coal empties at Leewood Siding before spotting up underneath the Tom's Fork loadout. The CSX crew will work with the loado... (more)
After a daylight run from Hinton, two CSX motors, led by SD70MAC No. 4758 pause underneath Blackhawk Mining's Tom's Fork loadout on the C&O Cabin Creek line near Leewood, W.Va. In a few short mome... (more)
After making setoffs and pickups at the South Charleston Yard, CSX H751 rolls through downtown St. Albans at last light with GE ES44AC No. 941 serving as the solo DPU on this Kentucky bound manife... (more)
CSX EMD SD40-3 rebuild No. 4060 skirts along the Ohio River in a brutally cold snow squall on the evening of January 14, 2018. The empty coal train is following the former C&O mainline west toward... (more)
With downtown Williamson in the background, a colorful consist including NS 'First Responders' SD60E No. 911, a former BN Executive 70MAC, and an NS GE ease a Duke coal train into the Williamson Y... (more)
Exiting Mingo Tunnel and through the flood wall at Williamson near CP 'College', NS SD60E No. 911 leads a Duke coal train east across the N&W mainline bound for the Carolinas.
Former NS EMD SD60 No. 6577 rebuilt as NS' specially painted EMD SD60E No. 911 leads a Duke utility coal train through Naugatuck, enroute to North Carolina from the coalfields of West Virginia.
Approaching Naugatuck, NS' specially painted EMD SD60E No. 911 leads a former BN EMD SD70MAC and an NS GE toward Williamson, W.Va., with a loaded Duke utility coal train in tow.
NS' specially painted EMD SD60E No. 911 leads Duke Energy loads for Williamson, W.Va., exiting Tunnel 4 on the former N&W Kenova District mainline.
Headed through the rural town of Naugatuck, NS First Responders GP38-2 No. 5642 leads the NS Safety train between Kenova and Williamson, W.Va., on the NS Pokey main.
The NS Safety train, led by NS' specially painted 'First Responders' GP38-2 No. 5642 passes through Prichard on its mainline run to Williamson, W.Va., and points east.
After performing severals of emergency first responder training in Kenova, NS EMD GP38-2 No. 5642 leas the NS Safety train across the KRT Ceredo lead and will soon head for Williamson, W.Va., on t... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series... After coming off the C&O mainline at Cabin Creek, a pair of GE ES44ACs have just finished running around the first cut of empties at Leewood Siding and w... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series... Utilizing Leewood Siding for the runaround, CSX ES44AC No. 883 running back west in preparation for the shove east to Blackhawk's Tom's Fork loadout for ... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series... Headed back to retrieve the first cut of empties, a pair of CSX ES44ACs are about to pass underneath the Tom's Fork loadout on CSX's Cabin Creek Subdivis... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series... Practically at the end of the line of CSX's ex-Chesapeake & Ohio Cabin Creek Subdivision finds a pair of mainline ES44ACs making a few switch maneuvers i... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series... A pair of CSX ES44ACs runaround a set of empties in preparation for loading at Blackhawk's Tom's Fork loadout in the background on a dreary March 21, 201... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series... A dismal day consisting of rain and wet snow sets the mood as CSXT ES44AH No. 3147 leads a unit train of empty coal hoppers across the former C&O Cabin C... (more)
Rainy days on Cabin Creek Series...CSXT ES44AH No. 3147 leads a unit train of empty coal hoppers up the rural and seldom photographed C&O Cabin Creek Subdivision at Sharon. The rear end has... (more)
CSXT GP40-2 No. 6141 reverses through a S curve, caboose-first, along the picturesque Vaco Branch on its 0.6-mile shove to the C&O main at Deepwater. The Vaco Branch is how the C&O gained access t... (more)
The conductor of CSX H701 is lining the VACO Jct. switch for the C&O side. Shortly, this 8-car local will reverse caboose-first down the steep Vaco Branch before returning to the CSXT main at Deep... (more)
After trading empties for loads, the South Charleston-based Gauley Trolley is headed back to the C&O at Deepwater, spanning a small Virginian-built trestle on its approach to VACO Junction,... (more)
Reversing across the Deepwater Bridge spanning the Kanawha River, CSX H701, the Gauley Trolley is caboose-first, enroute to WV Manufacturing with empty covered hoppers. In a span of 1 mile,... (more)
Built for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, this 46-year-old GP40-2 ascends the Vaco Branch from the C&O to the Virginian Railway main at Deepwater. The South Charleston-based local is operating on W... (more)
Enroute to WV Manufacturing at Alloy via CSX-KNWA trackage rights, the Gauley Trolley passes through Eagle, just east of Montgomery, during the onset of spring color. The GP38-2/GP40-2 duo ... (more)
A formed Seaboard Coast Line GP38-2 leads Sunday's Gauley Trolley eastbound along the Kanawha River at East Bank, sporting back-to-back conventional cabs, a caboose, and empty hoppers for A... (more)
Former NS EMD SD60 No. 6602, converted to WAMX No. 6000 for use on the Kanawha River Railroad's coal service, rests in the railroad's Dickinson Yard in a sea of storage and manifest cars on the ev... (more)
Built as GE AC4400CW No. 205, CSX-rebuilt AC44CM No. 7225 is the solo head-end leader of a unit coal train from the mines of eastern Kentucky, seen here eastbound through Marmet, W.Va., on CSX's e... (more)
Cabooses are still earning their keep in Class I local service in West Virginia as CSXT Operation Red Block caboose No. 16640 brings up the rear of Sunday's Gauley Trolley as it arrives bac... (more)
Bright future under dark skies... CSX YN2-painted GP40-2 No. 4419 enters South Charleston yard limits on a restricting signal after exchanging loaded covered hoppers for empties at West Virginia M... (more)
Passing through West Virginia's capitol city and the Charleston Amtrak station, CSX H701, known locally as the Gauley Trolley, rolls along the Kanawha River with empty covered hoppers from Alloy. ... (more)
CSX's Gauley Trolley under the alias of H701 returns west through Montgomery, W.Va., after switching West Virginia Manufacturing's Alloy, W.Va., plant on Watco trackage rights. Spring is in... (more)
Built in May 1978 for Conrail, this 43-year-old EMD GP40-2 continues to wear CSX's ever increasingly rare "Bright Future" YN2 paint scheme as it lays over in the railroad's former C&O ya... (more)
A trip of GEs, led by BNSF ES44DC No. 7644 lead an eastbound rack train through the late evening sun, approaching West Crookton on the Santa Fe Seligman Subdivision on April 5, 2019.
With 110 loads of coal for Tidewater export, NS DC-to-AC conversion AC44C6M No. 4039 eases across the Virginian Railway-built trestle at Sweeneysburg. 110 cars back, a quartet of Watco-owned SD60s... (more)
With 28 coal loads for the CSX interchange at Chesapeake, a pair of GATX-leased GP38-2s exit Winifrede and ease into the Kanawha Valley. The Watco train crew has spent the last two days loading cu... (more)
Approaching the pure-B&O interlocking at South Deshler, CSXT CW44AC No. 46 leads a manifest freight across CSX's ex-B&O Toledo Subdivision in Deshler, Ohio.
CSXT CW44AC No. 493 exits the only tunnel on RJ Corman's Loup Creek Branch with a cut of loaded coal cars for the CSXT-Corman interchange at Thurmond. This area of the New River Gorge is notorious... (more)
Westbound coal empties round the bend at Alleghany, Va., silhouetting Chesapeake & Ohio's 'A' Cabin westbound on the mainline to Hinton. Soon, the 150-car empty train will enter Alleghany Tunnel, ... (more)
Spring in Echo Canyon... A westbound Union Pacific freight train for Salt Lake City and points west eases through Echo Canyon on the route of the original Union Pacific mainline.
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)