After running up the R-line and joining the main in Charlotte, NS Three C44-9W engines lead northbound grain train 51W across the Yadkin River near Linwood, NC on October 17, 2019.
NS SD80MAC 7213, one of eight not in storage at the moment, takes it easy in Dwight after loading grain. Recently, NS announced that 21 of the 80MAC's were headed for storage.
NS 51W rumbles west into Shawsville, Va with a rare SD80MAC leader. Most 80MAC's are up in the Altoona, Pa area, only a hand full make it out of that area.
The Nickel Plate heritage unit leads NS 51W into Roanoke, Va.
NS 51W slows as it enters Roanoke, Va. The Nickel Plate Road heritage unit leads the way as it will enter the yard for a fresh crew and fuel.
Grain train 51W crosses the Portage River on a warm late fall afternoon with a BNSF lash-up.