With the paint still wet and dripping, an ES44AH heads south by the signal at Oaks. Special thx to Laurel Anne for technical asst.
A weather beaten old signal stands guard over the crossover at Oaks.
With grain sprouting between the iron and the redbuds in full bloom, the first of four northbounds rounds the curve at Habersham. A southbound will hold at either Savoy or Chaska.
With dynamics howling, mty coal drag N158 comes downhill off Duff Mountain in a freshly fallen snow. With two northbounds behind and one southbound ahead, it's a busy day on the KD.
A freshly painted GP40-2 and mother slug awaiting the green signal while coal drag N158 heads north. After several inches of snow overnight, flurry storms still hung around throughout the day maki... (more)
One has to wonder how this milepost stands with all the cracks running thru it over the decades. Coal drag N549 tries to make headway up the steep Duff grade, down to a baby crawl.
About the only move other than coal requiring a shove over the hill is a grain train, as G762 and two other engines smoke away on the grind up the grade. C212 out of Chaska is hard on the rear.
A trio of GEs assaults the Duff Mountain grade with a southbound loaded coal train. A pair of SD40-2 pushers is one mile back, adding their music to the FDL symphony on the head-end.
A southbound coal drag, down to less than ten miles per hour, makes its way up the grade. The helper on the end has just cleared Oaks and gone to single track. Hope the crew enjoyed the colors on ... (more)
Hill helper returns light after shoving a grain train over Duff Mountain. Fall is about gone on the hills above Hogcamp Branch.
Grain train G930 heads south over Hogcamp Branch with a helper on the end. The helper will get stuck at North Kilsyth after cutting off, allowing four northbounds to pass. What a day.
An mty grain train heads north on the elevated curve at Habersham, easing along since the hill helper is just north, returning from a push to Kilsyth. The old L and N signals are still in place, f... (more)
A heavy coal drag splits the signals as it grinds up Duff Mountain, with a helper on the end in notch eight.
Worktrain FO40 crawls by Q541 on track #2 in an elevated curve on the KD Sub, enroute to Corbin yard. Not many of these ancient workhorses left.
CSXT 538 is the power assigned to the Chaska helper today, seen here assisting a southbound coal train over the mountain