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.
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)
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)
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)
On a very rainy day, an eastbound CSX coal train meets a westbound empty man on NS trackage at Big Cut, VA.
An eastbound CSX coal train on NS trackage rights crawls up the 1.7 percent reverse curves of the "Gooseneck" at Big Cut, VA.
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.
Pushers (left) on eastbound TVA coal train cut and run at Watkins while a westbound mty man (right) will follow on his block.
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.
An eastbound NS coal train slows to drop his rear pusher at Watkins on Halloween afternoon.
Meet with (now) w.b. CSX pushers from the e.b. train just ahead.
Passing NS train and CSX light helper.
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).
Rear pushers coil upgrade on the Gooseneck, the final ascent to the top of the hill at Big Cut, VA.