Crawling out of a sump, the first half of 77G prepares to weigh in motion at the scalehouse and then smoke it downhill for 47 miles to John Sevier yard with 52 loaded coal hoppers. Power for the s... (more)
With frontend loaders preparing to fill the first cut of 55 cars, NS 77G glides downhill to the scalehouse first to weigh the mtys.
The bay window has been altered into a bayless version on this Chessie System caboose, still wearing it's B&O lineage.
A surprise warbonnet on the Rathole, after a long and frosty hike along the Emory River. Thx Butch.
Daily Q542 rushes across Hickory Creek and will enter the #1 tunnel in seconds on a beautiful Fall day.
With a loaded coal drag heading south, the helper engine idles away on the number two track with a bad order coal hopper on the house track.
Complete with NS brakestick and American flag, coal drag 81W bursts out of Glen Alum tunnel and runs along the slide fence.
Having just left Mohegan, 83Q crosses the Capels bridge over the Tug Fork in a seldom photographed location. Pushers have already been added to the rear for the assault up the Elkhorn Grade.
Loads off the P-D await crews to take them to the Pocahontas main at Wharncliffe. What a day, with snow, rain, and deep snow later at Clarks Gap. Thanks to Jay for being the navigator riding shotg... (more)
With the crew preparing to head west toward the Nantahala Gorge, the old GSMR GP7 awaits her turn on another day while in the small Bryson City yard. A storm would hit moments later, drenching the... (more)
Riding the rails. An RJ Corman crewmember serving as brakeman backs the rear of a 76 car unit train under the loadout. The rail is being extended to hold 108 cars in the near future.
Workers splice together two more sections of welded ribbon rail as it feeds out for miles along the Pokey. This area suffers fast wear on the iron due to heavy coal tonnage and extreme curvature.
With the loadout silo towering above, two more hoppers will be loaded before the long circuitous journey back to John Sevier Yard begins. Kopper Glo coal loadout, Straight Creek spur of the Clearf... (more)
A faded lead engine crosses Hickory Creek after traversing thru three tunnels in the last three miles.
Taking nine or more scoops to load each coal hopper, a team of loaders work hard on the first half of a unit train destined for Duke Energy. Shot taken on the Jellico Branch of NS.