After running on NS from Mobile, this northbound returns to home rails at Kimbrough, which is identified by a sign visible from space.
For reasons unknown to the photographer, 611's power has been cut-off from the train and eased down the hill to the the station. That B30-7 off to the right is - I think - power for a work extra.
The crew of the long-distance Montgomery-Dothan local shoves tank cars into the PikNik Foods plant. Todays power set is comprised of a B30-7, GP38-2 and B23-7.
Two stealthy C40-8s - just a little past their third birthdays - bring a Mobile-bound unit coal train across NS at Opelika.
Wood products are stil in the traffic mix on a lot of Alabama railroads, but on many lines the amount and importance of such traffic has diminished greatly in the last few years. In this shot made... (more)
Salina was located on a loop off MP's Pueblo main, and by the 1980s was served by local freights that were generally pretty short and typically pulled by a GP38 or two. When grain started moving,... (more)
An empty coal train behind a single GECC - usual practice at the time - sits in the passing track as Opelika. What you cannot tell from the photo, is that five-year-old 7521 is dead as a doornail... (more)
One of IC/ICG's rare GP28s - it's orange paint faded almost to pink - leads the daily train to Artesia, MS out of the yard. My best non-railfan buddy was with me on this trip, and he and the crew... (more)
The morning haze hasn't yet lifted as a Birmingham-bound ICG freight - running on SL-SF rails - comes up the grade into Dora.
A GP38-2 teams with an SD50 on the westbound long-distance local.
Pretty close to its tenth birthday, former CS/B&O 8588 - with a db-less GT SD40 trailing - heads north to Montgomery on the former ACL/SCL Dothan Sub.
The daily train from Amory, MS drops down the hill at Chickasaw on its final lap into Mobile.
Recently renumbered former Frisco geeps - and one green interloper - sit in the engine facility at the former Frisco/AT&N yard on Telegraph Road.
With a blizzard like this, it's a sure thing that local groceries have sold-out all bottled water, milk, bread, etc to panicked residents hoping to somehow make it through this trial.
Backdropped by a 'healthy' dose of U.S. Steel air pollution, SD40 1254 models one of the early variants of L&N's gray and yellow scheme, exhibiting slanted yellow numbers and letters outlined in b... (more)