Pusher set SJ50 drifts west after pushing a coal drag over the Elkhorn Grade and thru the tunnel. The set will continue it's day picking up another at Farm and repeating the shove.
Two AC pushers on the rear, being tested on the Pocahontas grades, crawl across Garwood trestle. Signs from the old Virginian electrification days are still evident.
Showing an oddity for coal loadouts, a new track is being constructed above the main for sampling. A machine will run the track taking coal samples out of six cars at a time once operational.
Shuffling eastward in early morning light, autorack 184 bursts into WV, with the middle section in KY and the rear still in WV.
A pusher set on the rear of an odd minerun, NS S3G, shoves hard on the long trip up Elkhorn Grade.
With the closed Island Creek Coal VP#1 plant rusting away in the background, Alco #2 is slowly being reclaimed by the weeds after being cannibalized for parts. The complex is part of the massive V... (more)
Stretched over the hump as the sun sets in the west, the ever present coal drag waits along with a grain train for the journey east.
With the moon rising over Pike County KY on the other side of the Tug River, a lonely old NW caboose sits in the center siding at Glen Alum on the WV side of the Tug. Quite a beautiful but yet spo... (more)
A rarity on the KD Sub, grain train K803 pulled by only one motor exits Hickory Creek Tunnel Two and crosses over Hickory Creek enroute to the Duff Mountain grade.
With a friendly wave from the crew, Q542 and it's hodgepodge of freight cars heads north after passing a coal drag at Chaska. Q542 will pass Kopper Glo minerun U466 at Savoy before reaching Corbin... (more)
What keeps the trains running. Ribbon rail has just been layed between Wharncliffe and Cedar, with many welds inbetween the long slivers of new rail and hours of grinding having been completed.
Coal drag N560 roars out of the Hickory Creek #2 tunnel in the gorge on a beautiful late Feb. day. Engine number two was creating an awful racket with major problems
With the paint still wet and dripping, an ES44AH heads south by the signal at Oaks. Special thx to Laurel Anne for technical asst.
A rear pusher set on the rear of 81M shoves hard as the grade begins up Elkhorn.
Power heads back for the second cut after problems on the Hill above Elmore Yard. Tunnel #12 looms ahead after dropping cars off at Weyanoke on the other side of Clarks Gap. This area is extremely... (more)