Even after 60 years of service, former Illinois Central GP10 No. 8396 continues a life of revenue service as power on the Athens Line railroad alongside an ex-Conrail GP38
Along the old Athens highway, eluminated by a nearby billboard, Hartwell Railroad's 8396 rests in the stillness of the night. The unit is a former Illinois Central GP10, one of two owned by the Gr... (more)
Former Illinois Central GP10 8396 is one of two locomotives acting as the current motive power on the Hartwell Railroad Athens Branch. Here, it is seen tied down with a single hopper between Athen... (more)
Coal for Christmas On the day after Christmas the Athens Line delivers two cars of coal to the UGA powerplant in Athens. The steep grade into the plants means that only two loads at a time ... (more)
Hartwell 8396 and 3016 lead a storage move back from Watkinsville alongside Milledge Avenue, this may well be one of the last moves on this line since ALL storage cars were pulled out from Watkins... (more)
Hartwell 8396 and 3016 lead a storage move back from Watkinsville, this may well be one of the last moves on this line since ALL storage cars were pulled out from Watkinsville, hopefully there wil... (more)
Just a classic southern shortline scene, a ribbon of rail and ballast trying to stand above the onslaught of the fields of Kudzu.
On a warm summer evening HRT GP10 8396, and the 6525 (just back from the dead!) lug a string of storage cars through Watkinsville as they go through the long and tedious process of sorting the car... (more)
History on Rails! The Hartwell Railroad's Athens Branch power rests on the mainline. The GP10 heritage is obvious as well as the GP9 High Hood in the background! NOTE: The Ex. B&O Ch... (more)
Time travel A almost untouched IC GP10 rumbles over the College Avenue bridge which still sports the Central of Georgia logo decades after the railroad was merged. Since then the line has p... (more)
Athens Line power rests at Paradise Valley on a nice summer evening.
After bringing back a long string of 5 pack TTX flats from storage in Watkinsville, the Athens Line power rests in the perfect evening light at Paradise Valley.
Every engineers worst nightmare. Thankfully we were shoving in reverse when this photo was taken and to the bus drivers credit, he made a complete stop at the crossing before proceeding.
Ambling down the track we run into our first obstacle, a pine tree that has fallen across the tracks. Without a working chain saw and the promise of bigger obstacles the crew decided to do the swi... (more)