The West Virginia Northern was a coal hauling short line that relied on dynamic brake-equipped EMD switchers to get product from the mines to the B&O interchange at Tunnelton, West Virginia. Altho... (more)
WVN 50 emerges from a canopy of trees and into the sunlight near Irona, WV.
WVN 52 has run around and recoupled to its coaches in preparation for the return trip to Kingwood.
I was at the enginehouse early and upon expressing an interest in the railroad they asked me if I'd like to spend the day with them. Well, heck yeah! This was my ride. Bless you and rest in pea... (more)
The West Virginia Northern, now operating as a tourist line between Kingwood and Tunnelton, West Virginia, approaches the Route 26 overpass at Jessop.
A WVN mine run was climbing out of a mine spur near Howesville, WV on August 18, 1975 with SW1200 No. 52 and NW2 No. 50.
The crew of a mine run were all on the ground looking at the results of a practical joke on the engineer. While working the B&O interchange at Tunnelton, one of the trainmen strapped about 10 tra... (more)
The climb on the WVN to to the B&O interchange at Tunnelton, WV was a brutal one and five or six loaded hoppers was the limit for the two switchers. On May 5, 1978, a mine run was struggling upgr... (more)
On May 5, 1978, when shooting the West Virginia Northern, the weather seemed to change by the moment. When we started at Kingwood, we had fog. By the time we got to Chapman, it had turned to driz... (more)
The morning fog was beginning to lift when the WVN went to work on the morning of May 5, 1978 with SW1200 No. 52 and NW2 No. 50. The facility was an interesting mix with a modern diesel shop resi... (more)
A WVN mine run was climbing up the grade up to the switchback near Chapman, WV in a spring shower on May 5, 1978 with SW1200 No. 52 and NW2 No. 50.
Well, I missed a few but I got to ride this one before it went away. The entire roster was on the train and the NW-2 upgraded to 1200 HP is up close and personal as we switch the loader in this... (more)
WVN's tourist operation between Kingwood and Tunnelton, WV approaches the Route 26 overpass on its trip to Tunnelton.
WVN's tourist operation between Kingwood and Tunnelton, WV negotiates the switchback near Irona, WV on its return trip to Kingwood.
Family portrait, thanks for the ride guys!