An hour or so after sunrise, NS 18M advances over the Grand Calumet River with a former SD9043MAC, NS 7248, leading.
Pouring on the smoke from the 3 older motors in the consist, 18M accelerates out of the slow order at Matewan with an SD60M leader.
The 18M makes its way across the trestle over State Route 180 and the Kinnikinnick creek on the NS Columbus District.
The NS 18M smokes its way through CP Craft with SD 60E leading, and a smoky dash 9 trailing.
18M, with a pair of ex-CSX Dash 8's in the middle, passes through Nolan headed eastbound.
18M passes through downtown Matewan in a heavy snow squall.
A trio of 3 different elephant style GE's lead 18M out of Tunnel 7, one of the few tunnels on the Pocahontas Division that did not have to be modified during the Heartland Corridor Project.
NS 18M rolls southbound through the farmland in Ruffin in beautiful evening sunlight with a classic Canadian National SD60 on the point.
Eastbound manifest train 18M passes through Lafayette, Virginia headed for Linwood, North Carolina.
With the sound of dynamic brakes filling the air, 18M rolls downgrade out of Bluefield passing Ada.
Even though the Fast Flying Virginian was a C&O passenger train, NS 1069 looks the part leading NS train 18M through Circleville, OH.
As the day starts off, the sun starts to rise above the horizon, over Pomona Yard as NS 18M sits tied down on main one as 211 pulls in behind him in Old Yard 1.