NS 147 shuffles west on Main Two with the Buchanan Branch running to the right beyond Main Two. The redbuds and dogwoods are just starting to show their color on the Pokey.
A closeup of the Heartland Corridor project work. Both sides of the tunnel have been notched in anticipation of doublestacks once the project is completed. Note the test bores ringing the portal f... (more)
A three engine pusher set prepares to head west out of Bluefield yard with several old dilapidated engines.
Fast freight 217 will be stopped at Beech Creek and told to sit until furher notice due to a signal malfunction in about a mile. This curve at Ought-One is one of the most severe on the Pokey, wit... (more)
A Loram Ballast Cleaner passes the south end of Lake City at a good clip, with the loudest horn I've yet heard. The machine scoops the ballast, cleans, and puts it back down before tamping.
N259 struggles with a load of mtys going up the mountain as the ridges smoke and burn behind. In Appalachia burning the mountains is a great pastime for many.
Typical of the Pokey, grain train 52V pops out of beautifully named Laurel Tunnel and immediately crosses a bridge.
Sandwiched between mtys and an SD70, the first cut of 77G is being loaded by wheel loaders at Turley.
Popping out of Dry Fork #2, NS coal drag 844 grinds up the grade. With pushers on the rear, it will still be another twenty minutes before it makes the crest at Bandy, VA.
Mixed freight Q539 hustles by the waiting helper and old coaling tower at Chaska on the KD Sub. Coal and the occasional grain train are all that require a shove over the mountain.
Crawling up the Briar Mountain Branch with mtys for the coal loadout, mine run U20 and crew throw up a friendly wave. As shown, the branch cuts off amongst cliffs and is twisty throughout.
CSX 4724 blasting out of Hickory Creek Tunnel with a nice clean paintjob on this blustery Spring day.
Sporting the odd symbol 77A, a coal drag runs west by the oddly named Ought-One. Not many have visited Ought-One, which stands for one tenth of a mile of the Buchanan Branch which wyes off behind ... (more)
A plethora of spikes cover the ground trackside at Hagans Switchback, the only mainline switchback in the continental U.S.
With frontend loaders preparing to fill the first cut of 55 cars, NS 77G glides downhill to the scalehouse first to weigh the mtys.