Conductor Clyde Robbins looks at the rear unit (of three) of his pusher as the southbound coal train backs up the middle leg of the Hagans Switchback. This view was taken at a clearing from the va... (more)
Been doing this for thirty six years he said, and will retire in three. Don't blame him at all. The only mainline switchback in the country, Hagans Switchback, and a conduit for coal out of Harlan... (more)
Switch signal lock, thrown tens of thousands of times in the coalfields of Appalachia.
Then-new CSX Transportation president Jerry Davis (right, inside the track observation car) sits with Corbin Division superintendent Don Hutson as the conductor on his inspection train lines the b... (more)
Southbound through freight (Corbin, KY to Norton, VA) 865 is in the process of dragging its rear end up to the top of the switchback at Hagans. The front half of the train---brought up earlier---i... (more)
Left over from a recent MOW blitz, tie plates and spikes await pickup at Hagans Switchback in Lee County, Virginia.
L&N X2720 South arriving at Smiley, Va (switchback) on June 8, 1984
Snow scene of a northbound taking the 'Old CV' main at Hagans during a freak snow storm.
Empty unit train backing down into Smiley (Hagans Switchback) in June 1974 with a Clinchfield cab, and all-CRR power.
Northbound train eases the second half of 100 cars into the lower drill track on the switchback. The line in the foreground is the main.
A northbound leaves the switchback and heads toward the 6,244 foot tunnel through Cumberland Mountain that will take it into Kentucky.
Two young boys on bikes watch as a southbound coal train reaches the top of the Hagans switchback. The second unit is a fairly rare SDP35, one of four the L&N owned.
Southbound unit coal train at the top of the switchback, en route to St. Paul, Virginia, via N&W trackage rights from Norton.
Photographed from the block signal protecting Hagans Tunnel---when I was young, foolish, and far more agile.
Photographed from an automatic block signal, L&N train 66 heads for the tunnel leaving the switchback at Hagans.