First measurable sticky snow of the 2009 - 2010 winter season at Fairhope
Engineer Jeff gives RP contributor Jamey Rickens a friendly wave as he runs the B248 helper back thru Fairhope on the rear of Q375 for another trip west over Sandpatch
P030 eastbound thru Fairhope
B248 helpers are lite eastbound to Hyndman for another shove and will soon pass us again going west on 1 on the rear of Q375 about 45 min later
Q368-28 passes under the old Western Maryland Keystone Viaduct near Glade City
Q297 hugs the Youghiogheny river from high above.
Amtrak engines 834 and 1 haul the eastbound Capitol Limited past the Center Street signals in Versailles. The westbound W309 signal on the right was added in the early 90's. The orignal signal w... (more)
After departing Cumberland, Q277 will fall short of the Sand Patch grade to get it's helper at Hyndman. Taken from Haystack mountain which is only a brief, easy hike.
A single SD50 shoves westbound Q216 up Sand Patch Grade. Yes, the train is going uphill. The slight dip at Roddys Sag makes for an optical illusion.
A work train heads east down Sand Patch Grade on No. 2 Track as Trailer Train Q125 struggles west on No. 1 Track.
Westbound Q381 rolls thru Confluence on the west slope of Sand Patch Grade.
I doubt CSX has an "open door policy".
B254 is shoving hard against a coal drag at Sand Patch. If you look closely, you can see the conductor getting to ready to "cut on the fly" as soon as they crest the summit.