A fast freight fans the flames on a ridge above the Wharncliffe signal. Burning the beautiful mountains of the coalfields of Appalachia has been a long tradition to many folks.
In the last glint of evening, a pusher crew throws the sand and begins to head east on the Pokey. The tunnel ahead has already been notched for the Heartland Corridor project.
Having originated out of John Sevier Yard in Knoxville, TN, a coal train derailed a week ago under the Middlesboro Mining loadout. Two hoppers were rerailed with another suffering damage and skidd... (more)
Framed by one of the many blizzard fences along the tracks, another coal drag notches up to leave the Powder River Basin. This particular unit train cycles every other day between northern Colorad... (more)
Exhaust mixes with fog coming off the snow, as pushers on the rear of a heavy coal drag near the top of Elkhorn Grade. The pushers have been on the rear since Farm in the long grueling climb to th... (more)
With bad wheelsets stored to the side, a crew enlists a hoist and the Chaska helper engine on an autorack flat.
With the lattice of tracks and sumps, as Dave would say, the crew prepares to set out a bad motor before loading coal. Luckily six engines are used, mainly for braking down the steep branch.
Frost is burned away in the Hickory Creek gorge as the early morning sun illuminates a power move of six engines heading north to Corbin Yard. MP C207. The engines were putting up a loud roar as t... (more)
With a salute from the cab, a fast freight passes worktrain 98J on the Pokey not far from the Cedar Welcome Center.
With storm clouds brewing on the golden colored hills behind, the Chaska hill helper refuels at South Kilsyth. The crew just finished shoving a coal drag over the grade and will await a hirail bef... (more)
Making it's way over Hickory Creek, the daily Q539 rumbles south toward Duff Mountain. With four clunker motors, it won't need help over the grade this day.
Pulling a heavy freight over Duff Mountain and running high hood forward, a helper comes out of the sump at North Kilsyth in the Cumberland Mountains.
Emerging from Hickory Creek #1 tunnel into a sea of Fall foliage, this mixed freight begins it's assault over a tough grade below Jellico. The colors are still clinging to the sandstone bluffs alo... (more)
A coal drag heading east exits Glen Alum tunnel, enroute to Iaeger Yard and more service up a remote branchline.
Getting a fill-up in the old Morley Yard, the helper engine from Chaska is almost ready to depart. Morley tunnel is visible in the background to the north.