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Photo ID: 488549

An eastbound CSX coal train slowly grinds up the 1.7 percent sharply curved "Goose Neck" at Big Cut, VA. This is NS trackage over which CSX has rights.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 498
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: September 15, 2005


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jul 07, 2014

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Photo ID: 484415

A Yuma Turn is in a full throttle struggle to best the 1.7 grade and stiff curvature of a stretch railroaders call "The Goose Neck." This is what a former superintendent called the "... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD GP38-2
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 5226
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 17, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 05, 2014

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Photo ID: 472955

An early trackage rights Seaboard System empty train between Frisco and Big Stone Gap cruises over the top of the "Gooseneck" behind SD50 8600 and two more of the big EMDs. Veteran Clinchfield eng... (more)

Railroad: Seaboard System
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SBD 8500
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 10, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Mar 09, 2014

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Photo ID: 463412

When CSX purchased its C40-8s in the "stealth" paint scheme in 1989, my personal opinion (as well as many other rail observers) was less than positive. In retrospect, the big units looked rather i... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 7572
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November, 1989


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Dec 23, 2013

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Photo ID: 461096

On a very rainy day, an eastbound CSX coal train meets a westbound empty man on NS trackage at Big Cut, VA.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 152
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 21, 2006


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Dec 05, 2013

Views: 1,546
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Photo ID: 267034

An eastbound CSX coal train on NS trackage rights crawls up the 1.7 percent reverse curves of the "Gooseneck" at Big Cut, VA.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 7595
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 10, 1995


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jan 12, 2009

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Photo ID: 258053

A five-unit set of Fs has train 62, the "Bristol Man," climbing the tough grade up to the "Gooseneck." The wooden trestle here gave way to a steel bridge about ten years after this exposure.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD F7(A)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SR 4247
Train ID: SR 62
Photo Date: May 27, 1964


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Oct 30, 2008

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Photo ID: 234159

Pushers (left) on eastbound TVA coal train cut and run at Watkins while a westbound mty man (right) will follow on his block.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE ES40DC
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7524
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 04, 2008


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: May 04, 2008

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Photo ID: 166815

Just seven months after this NS line got CTC, a westbound trackage rights train of SBD roars through on a "clear." The siding here didn't exist just over a year earlier.

Railroad: Seaboard System
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SBD 8605
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 23, 1986


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Nov 27, 2006

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Photo ID: 163699

An eastbound NS coal train slows to drop his rear pusher at Watkins on Halloween afternoon.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 9565
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 31, 2006


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Oct 31, 2006

Views: 2,098
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Photo ID: 124307

Meet with (now) w.b. CSX pushers from the e.b. train just ahead.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 9463
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 04, 2005


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Nov 05, 2005

Views: 1,006
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Photo ID: 124249

Passing NS train and CSX light helper.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 359
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 04, 2005


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Nov 04, 2005

Views: 1,712
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Photo ID: 122003

A lazy Saturday afternoon finds an eastbound CSX loaded coal train passing as freshly mowed lawn and cozy homeplace of this local resident at Big Cut (Watkins).

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 40
Train ID: CSX N318-11
Photo Date: October 15, 2005


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By: Chris Starnes

Added: Oct 15, 2005

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Photo ID: 119198

Rear pushers coil upgrade on the Gooseneck, the final ascent to the top of the hill at Big Cut, VA.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 90
Train ID: CSX C200-15
Photo Date: September 15, 2005


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Sep 15, 2005

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Photo ID: 102225

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Big Cut, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 8705
Train ID: NS 751
Photo Date: April 17, 2005


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Apr 17, 2005

Views: 1,642
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