Loaded coal creeps downgrade at Mance late in the afternoon on a beautiful fall day.
Eastbound coal train catches the first light of the day winding around the CSX version of Horseshoe Curve.
Eastbound container train winding down around the curve.
This is the reason I like getting away from NS and the Pittsburgh Line. No Cab signals, any power goes! There's even a warbonnet in the mix as well, Number 555 D8-40BW still in Santa Fe!
The cloud/sun line is perfect, and the deep mean roar of thunder far in the distance overtaken, as a power move heads West into the sinking sun of a somewhat warm summer evening.
SD 50 #8511 makes another shove up to Sandpatch.
A westbound manifest "reflects" on a beautiful day in the Allegheny Mountains at the Mance road crossing on the eastern slope of CSX's Sand Patch grade.
The snow is finally melting as train Q217 struggles around the Mance horseshoe towards the summit of the Alleghenies
Amtrak P030; 1'30" exposure; 8:30pm
I got lucky and managed to catch three generations of CSX paint in this lashup. With dynamics howling, this Chicago to Portsmouth intermodal heads down Sandpatch to finish up our afternoon at this... (more)
This shot accentuates the grade as this coal train slips down Sandpatch grade at the Mance curve.
A sharp looking 70MAC leads a Buffalo to Cumberland freight down Sandpatch.
A couple of SD's slip down Sandpatch grade in the afternoon with a Willard, OH to Cumberland freight.