Franklin Minerals eastbound turn to the NS interchange at Rockwood, TN crosses the high bridge over Piney Creek on this former Tennessee Central route.
Rockwood turn heads west through the former Tennessee Central tunnel through Walden Ridge.
In a scene that looks more like Oregon that Tennessee, FIMX's westbound road train creeps over the towering bridge at Westel.
Exiting the tunnel through Walden Ridge, Franklin Minerals' Rockwood Turn is about to start heading down a steep grade as the tracks wind down off the Cumberland Plateau and into the town of Rockw... (more)
Two of Franklin Industrial Materials B23-7's soar high above Piney Creek on their way to the NS interchange. Franklin Materials operates one of the most scenic portions of the old TC with many bri... (more)
An eastbound creeps out of the tunnel near Westel as it shuttles loads from Crab Orchard down to Rockwood where Franklin Minerals interchanges with NS.
The eastbound train continues its journey to Rockwood and is seen entering the Westel tunnel, it appears as the track have disappeared under a blanket of fallen leafs on the east side of the tunne... (more)
Eastbound FIMX Rockwood Turn job makes its way through Westel at 8:35am.
Ex-Southern Railway #4023 on the trip from Crab Orchard to Rockwood. This end of the ex-TC was run by SOU/NS after TC folded.
Ex-Southern Railway #4023 exits the east portal of the ex-Tennessee Central Railway tunnel on the trip from Crab Orchard to Rockwood. This end of the ex-TC was run by SOU/NS after TC folded.
FMIX 4023 leads its eastbound train toward Rockwood.
The eastbound train rolls along thru the front yard of a home near Westel, TN.
Two hammerhead B23-7's look like they're ready to launch for the moon as they cross one of the many bridges on the Franklin Industrial Minerals line.
We have all the hallmarks of life in the South: trailer home, multiple rusted-out pickup trucks, hound dog (busy barking at the train), and high-nose diesel locomotives. Yes, the grade is actually... (more)