All this new mixed power has the Pokey hopping the Easter 2012 weekend, no pun intended, of coarse.
17M had an 8 engine consist today but I could only get 5 of them in the photo. 17M usually returns power in big consists on Sunday. I assume the upcoming Easter holiday has them thinking ahead.
Spring has sprung on the Pokey for 2012.
A spartan cab leads this grain train along the Pokey. I seen more grain than coal on the Pokey today.
The Glen Alum Tunnel doubles as a drive thru engine wash today. Recent storms has soaked the hills with rain water causing the water to seep out and run over the tunnel portal.
Out for a Sunday stroll, NS 744 hustles empties back to Williamson as it follows the path cut by the Tug Fork River that lies to the right in the photo.
An AC pusher set changes mains so they can get behind a stalled coal train at Old Joe. After a couple of years in service on the Pokey, these AC's look right at home now.
A Progress Energy unit train exits the east portal of Glen Alum Tunnel as the sun melts the ice from the cliffs above.
AC Pusher working hard ducks into the west end portal of GA Tunnel.
Intermodal traffic is slowly but surely changing the face of the Pokey route, albeit the coal business appears to be holding steady. AC power at the helm rolls downgrade under the newer signals at... (more)
Fall in the Pocahontas coalfields! With colors the best they've been in years, a loaded eastbound coal drag negotiates the scenic Pokey district near Glen Alum.
It was nice to see a SD70M-2 on the lead for a change.
NS 233 roars out of the west portal of Glen Alum Tunnel.
UP 5324 rolls out of the west portal of the recently altered GA Tunnel, notched to accommodate double stacks along the Pokey. The new sign is a nice touch too...
Nice color on the Pokey with the snow.