NS Train 111 is pulling out of the siding at Wentzville after picking up cars at the GM Plant.
Southbound with cars.
Coal was once king here. As pending new emissions legislation comes in to effect coal traffic begins to be come scarce on both West Virginia carriers CSX and NS.
Westbound BNSF Lincoln - Provo manifest heads through Glenwood Canyon with a NS Gevo as DPU.
Odd ball visitor in Sterling.
A GEVO and two Dash 9s lead a northbound intermodal train through High Point.
Dedicated coal train waiting for green to enter Bristol yards. Plant in background is King Pharmaceuticals.
The old V&T was engineered in the Civil War era and didn't have the benefit of N&W vast amounts of capital so the route "undulated" a bit. Here the eastbound ECP-equipped coal train (722 or 724) i... (more)
NS empty ECP coal train 723 rolls through the reverse curves at Oreton dropping downgrade toward Big Stone Gap.
Just back from its trip as 721 with empties, this train has been reset and is ready to be loaded and head back out as 722 ECP train.
After a couple of days in two halves, NS 723 is whole again and on the move west to Bulls Gap then to Andover via the Appalachia District.
These rear end distributed power units work hard to move this loaded ECP brake coal train, NS 770, East toward Roanoke and eventually to Clover, VA.
I have been wating on a chance to get a photo from Watkins for a while now, here it is as NS 723 passes under the signal bridge making its way west farther into Southwest Virginia with new empty E... (more)
The sweet early morning light bathes 336 as it's led across the large fill between North Auburn and West Opelika. This is the same fill that J. Parker Lamb has made magnificent photos from.