Southbound intermodal curves through downtown Hartselle, AL, passing the former L&N freight house (now a restaurant) and some ancient-looking industrial trackage.
With the lead units in notch eight and the Lacon pusher (an ES44AC) coupled up to the rear, a southbound grain train begins its assault on the 1.1% grade up through Holmes Gap.
Passing the Civil War-era depot in downtown Huntsville (now a museum), the NS F-units lead an office car deadhead move toward Memphis for an upcoming inspection trip.
ATN M715 skirts the backwaters of Lake Guntersville as it begins its return trip to Gadsden. Lake Guntersville, created by TVA's Guntersville Dam on the Tennessee River, is Alabama's largest lake.
NS empty coal train 733 crosses over the Tennessee River at River Junction in Decatur. All CSX and NS trains which cross the river converge here and utilize this single track lift bridge, which is... (more)
Huntsville is nicknamed "The Rocket City," which seems to be a fitting name as the DPU of a Scherer coal train shoves by the US Space and Rocket Center, also home of Space Camp. The gigantic Satur... (more)
CSX train G574 crosses over the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River... this area is a popular hangout for locals, such as the fisherman which can (barely) be seen below the bridge, towards th... (more)
NS 69J rolls south through the picturesque countryside south of Valley Head.
Passing the supposed ruins of the depot at Paint Rock, a pair of high hoods leads 390 towards Chattanooga.
Here comes 17A through the fall foliage at Fackler. 17A has eight units up front today.
22N crosses over the Paint Rock River near Woodville.
Just after sunset, NS train 162 departs Irvington with UP power on the point.
southbound coal loads pass by the depot in Fort Payne, which now houses a museum
two cows give a southbound a roll-by from underneath their shade tree
Three SD40-2s, one each of Southern, N&W, and Conrail heritage, lead NS 389 through the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama.