The conductor on a three-unit set of pusher units gets the main line switch behind train 256 as the eastbound coal train clanks to a stop at 19th Street in Big Stone Gap. Manned pushers returned t... (more)
Appalachia Division train 256--an Andover to Bulls Gap schedule usually filled by a Duke Power unit coal train--is climbing the hill between Duffield and Sunbright, VA. Today's 256 is just a "... (more)
Southern 5227 was on the point of No. 256 as it crested the hill at Sunbright on a May afternoon in 1984. The GP38-2 is a Locotrol master, so the black on white numberboards denote it as a "white ... (more)
"White face" SD40-2 3292 (a Locotrol master) leads train 256--the Belmont Unit Train--over the bridge at Copper Creek. The exhaust rising above the power is pretty easy to understand once you know... (more)
We're at East Stone Gap, VA, and this is the eastbound Belmont Unit Train from Appalachia to Duke Power's steam plant near Belmont, NC. The lead units are throttling up for the 1.7 percent climb t... (more)
An eastbound unit coal train for Duke Power is near the top of the hill at Sunbright. "White face" GP38-2 denotes this as a radio train, with mid-train remotes.
Natural Tunnel can be, in certain times of the year, one of the most extreme examples of bright sun and dark shadows. Just is the cast this late afternoon as the Belmont Unit Train drops downgrade... (more)
With only a single NS unit to mar the look of the power, the eastbound Belmont Unit Train throttles up as it crosses Copper Creek. At this instant, the train is running on the level, but just past... (more)