A loaded ethanol train heads south on CSX's Trenton Subdivision behind a matching set of YN2 AC4400s. The train is passing a cut of loaded CSX ballast cars in Manville Yard.
CSXT 128 (which is now blown up) leads an empty CSX coal train through Big Stone Gap toward Loyall, KY.
On another SB coal train, fairly plentiful in those days.
Northbound empties depart on the main.
A loaded coal drag grinds uphill under the old C&O signal at Eagle.
Southbound unit coal train passes the crossover at Oaks, installed in 1980 when this section was double-tracked.
"Elwood...the band!!" A sliver of sunlight shines through the fog just in time to illuminate this "Bright Future" unit. Not a bad birthday present for me.
As the sign proclaims, Spruce Pine indeed seems to be the "mineral city." "Gem mines" are open everywhere during the tourist season, and coal trains roar through constantly.
Can see bridge support leaning about 30 degrees +. CSXT locomotive hangs by a thread as only rails support loaded Centerflow. Notice bravest guys I've seen working under car only supported by rai... (more)
CSXT locomotive hangs by a thread as only rails support loaded Centerflow. Notice bravest guys I've seen working under car only supported by rail!!!
After Picture. Support leans about 30 degrees. CSXT locomotive hangs by a thread as only rails support loaded Centerflow.