Spotting its cut of empties at the Roadfork flood loader, NS SD70ACe No. 1082 idles with a string of TopGons in tow. Once loaded, the loaded train will follow the South Fork branch back north to t... (more)
NS SD70ACe No. 1082 reverses into the Arcelor Mittal operated Roadfork loadout at Milepost 3.2 on NS' Sand Fork Branch in Monson, W.Va. The 110 car capacity loadout represents one of the far most ... (more)
Former Southern GP30 2598 sits at the closed Sprouse Creek Preparation Plant on the Norfolk Southern Alma Branch.
An NS mine run drops downgrade at Blackwood, VA en route from Norton to Andover. The abandoned coal dock on the left was last operated by Ring Brothers Coal Company. Small single car load outs suc... (more)
With the old Consol VP #8 prep plant looming in the background, an old workhorse rusts under the coal loadout. This Consol met coal operation was closed down several years ago and is currently bei... (more)
A helper heads west over the Pokey as a shifter assembles a coal train in the background.
A former Southern GP30 high hood, now operating as a mine locomotive on the Alma Branch sits tied down under the only tipple on the Alma Branch. This mine is currently idle and as of November '09,... (more)
The Sprouse Creek Coal Co. works to unload a cut of cars on the Alma Branch. This line ends about two miles around the curve. Canon EOS 50D
Sprouse Creek Coal Company's ex-NS GP30 awaits the next train to load on the Alma Branch.
Hard to believe OSHA allows this in the modern era. Releasing the brakes on a steep spur, a worker roped in rides a coal gon under the loadout till full, then will ride it by gravity down to the m... (more)
A 1963 model ex-Southern GP 30 workhorse has been idle for several months but not for long as you can see all new cars parked just above the loader.
Mtys just set at the Black Wolf Mining loadout on the Sand Lick Branch of the Tug Branch of the Pocahontas. With the steep grade, sand has just been poured on the rails before loading by gravity a... (more)
A look at a dying breed. The single car loader at Dan's Branch is one of only a handful still active along the Pokey and her branches.