Two trains await crews in front of the old coaling tower amid some nice fall colors.
How hot was it? Too hot for the brakeman to keep his shirt on.
I arrived in Bluefield in the middle of August when most coal mines are shut down for vacation. So a cut of over 20 cabooses was laid out in front of me. So go ahead choose your favorite.
N & W preferred running diesels long hood first. This made a big loco motive seem even bigger.
A Richard Beal photo:
Coasting through Bluefield, WV yard, a set of two SD40's bracketing a SD45 heads toward the engine house
A set of mostly first-generation Geeps is readied for a westbound hopper train at Bluefield.
One of two rail grinders working out of Bluefield, WV, RG 318 runs eastbound through Hales Bottom.
With the fall colors slowly disappearing, a set of light power heads west, most likely to one the mines on NS Pocahontas District.