The CSX merger took place two years earlier, but Chessie appears to still be running the show on this day in 1988 at the former C&O Fulton Yard.
Another early CSX oddity, a GP 16 wearing CSX paint. By the early 90's, the GP 16s were no longer active on CSX, there probably weren't many others that received a CSX paint job.
The FM&P local passes a CPL signal near Bowest Jct.
A GP 16 leads a freight past the depot in Wilson. The GP 16s didn't last long in the CSX era, this was one of the few times I got to see one in action.
Tower operator Melva Rowe converses with a crew in Gordonsville. At the time, this was one of the last towers (aka cabins) still open on the C&O.
All kinds of neat power on this one, a pair of Family Lines 40-2s, a BQ23-7, and a stealth CSX unit. It had been five years since Chessie and Seaboard merged but CSX was still a very colorful rail... (more)
The fourth unit on this train is an SD45, this was one of only a few times that I saw a 45 in active service on CSX.
Flanges squeal loudly as 8222 leads a mixed freight towards Hamlet yard. Please click on "CSXT 8222" to see a photo of this engine five years later on Sand Patch.
In near white-out conditions, 383 reaches the summit at Sand Patch and passes a helper set and a stopped R137. The weather on this day was constantly changing, intense snowfall at one moment, bri... (more)
Empty hopper trains usually took the Old Main Line out of Baltimore, but on weekends it was possible to see them on the Capital and Metropolitan subdivisions. One such train is pictured here, pas... (more)
The shop switcher rests outside the former B&O facility in Cumberland.
A real rarity on CSX, I believe there were only two NW2s on the roster at this time.
Showing off CSX's brand new "Bright Future" paint scheme, 5895 leads a passenger special westbound at Point of Rocks.
You won't see any GEVOs or dark future engines in this shot, but five different paint schemes are visible - CSX, Chessie, B&O, Seaboard System, and Family Lines.
Too bad the middle engine wasn't another Chessie unit, although the UP SD40-2 was probably a good catch at the time since foreign power was a lot less common in '91!