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Photo ID: 494569

The rear helpers (two SD50s) are shoving a southbound coal train upgrade from the middle leg of the Hagans switchback. The crushed traction sand laid down by the road units is still on both rails ... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD50
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 8624
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 25, 1992


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Added: Aug 20, 2014

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Photo ID: 475694

A southbound CSXT coal train breezes out of the south portal of 6,244 foot Hagans Tunnel into the Virginia sunshine. Ahead is the lower junction point--"Smiley"--of the switchback that will turn t... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 7552
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 01, 1993


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Mar 29, 2014

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Photo ID: 475693

Since it was first opened to traffic in 1930, the 6,244-foot tunnel under Cumberland Mountain linking Kentucky to Virginia--the "CC&O Connection"--has been protected by automatic block signalling.... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Signal
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August 01, 1993


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Mar 29, 2014

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Photo ID: 462143

This slide (which I had misplaced in my collection, but recently found) was the cover shot for TRAINS Magazine's August 1985 issue. The article inside covered the history and operation of the form... (more)

Railroad: Seaboard System
Locomotive: EMD GP38AC
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: SBD 6246
Train ID: SBD X7091South
Photo Date: September 25, 1984


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Dec 14, 2013

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Photo ID: 461645

After putting its train back together at the bottom of the Hagans switchback, this L&N empty unit train--using four pooled Clinchfield SDs--will highball through the tunnel into Kentucky, en route... (more)

Railroad: Clinchfield Railroad
Locomotive: EMD SD45-2
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CRR 3614
Train ID: LN Second 864
Photo Date: June, 1974


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Dec 09, 2013

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Photo ID: 450612

L&N freight 66 accelerates into the cut leading to Hagans Tunnel, the longest bore on the railroad. This combination of a U25C and two SD35s marked the first use of six-motor power on this stretch... (more)

Railroad: Louisville & Nashville
Locomotive: GE U25C
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: LN 1507
Train ID: LN 66
Photo Date: September, 1965


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Added: Sep 09, 2013

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Photo ID: 423488

On a lovely May afternoon in 1968, L&N train 865 arrives at the top of the Hagans switchback with the first cut of its train. This half will be doubled over to the "old CV" main on the right--the ... (more)

Railroad: Louisville & Nashville
Locomotive: Alco C628
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: LN 1405
Train ID: LN 865
Photo Date: May, 1968


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Added: Feb 02, 2013

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Photo ID: 404278

An 82-car empty train has just backed down from the middle leg of the switchback at Hagans. With the switch at the bottom ("Smiley") now lined for his movement, the conductor walks back to ride th... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: NA
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: July 23, 2012


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Added: Jul 23, 2012

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Photo ID: 383880

At the only mainline switchback in the US, L&N Corbin-bound manifest number 66 swings off the "Old CV" main and down to the first leg of the unique piece of track work. The lead unit is classed by... (more)

Railroad: Louisville & Nashville
Locomotive: FPA-2
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: LN 383
Train ID: LN 66
Photo Date: June, 1964


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Added: Dec 14, 2011

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Photo ID: 316888

A local mutt at rural Hagans, Virginia howls in protest as a CSX empty unit coal train blows for the crossing at the top of the switchback.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 792
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 10, 2010


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Added: Mar 10, 2010

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Photo ID: 316887

A northbound CSX mty man backs down the middle leg of the only mainline switchback in the nation.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE ES44AC
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 792
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March 10, 2010


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Mar 10, 2010

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Photo ID: 304648

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)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD GP40-2
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 6236
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: August, 1985


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Nov 20, 2009

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Photo ID: 288405

The conductor on this southbound coal train steps back on as his train clears the lower junction switch of the only mainline switchback in the nation (the train would be backing up, right to left)... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: March, 2006


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Jun 24, 2009

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Photo ID: 256785

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)

Railroad: Louisville & Nashville
Locomotive: Alco C628
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: L&N 1405
Train ID: L&N 865
Photo Date: May, 1967


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: Oct 22, 2008

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Photo ID: 186501

CSX loaded southbound coal train N382 (Lynch 3 to North Wateree, SC) exits Hagans Tunnel just prior to working its way around the Switchback.

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE AC4400CW
Location: Hagans, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 374
Train ID: CSX N382
Photo Date: May 06, 2007


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By: Ron Flanary

Added: May 06, 2007

Views: 2,029
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