At the spot where the "High Line" diverged from the old main a nicely matched set of power wheels the GALX coal train southward.
A bustling terminal in those days and now a ghost town. Here two units are waiting for a new assignment. How many SD40-2s got this paint scheme?
Playing second banana to certain 4-6-6-4 this nice clean unit is preparing to pull the Santa train northward.
Imagine it, I was in college getting away for a short trip to catch the exotic "foreign" roads and didn't even realize they had any of these, dinosaurs even in those days, and one comes ... (more)
The local is in the siding by the old section foreman's house switching Light Milling. Unfortunately Light seems to be another customer who has left.
Yard switcher du jour, originally from the Family Lines era.
It's better than a -2. It's -2 innards in a old model and that makes it better. Could be I'm envious. My notes indicate this one started out on MP, went to CNW, then to PAL before its transplan... (more)
Imagine if you will a humid hazy afternoon in a tiny rural North Carolina town. The cicadas buzz is the only sound in the oppressive air except for the lazy little train shuffling through the wee... (more)
It's a hot muggy night along the Tennessee River, nary a breath of wind stirs, and the W & L crew is out on a rare night run to the stone quarry and has stopped to check an odd noise. They'll che... (more)
Drifting downgrade with coal cars and about to round the big curve to pick up the gentle grade of the New River for the eastbound run to Roanoke. Was it really almost thirty years ago.
This was a foul day, overcast, cold but what the hey, there were Alcos kicking cars and of course L&N's version of "stealth".
Originally assigned to the mighty Pennsy this unit is now switching gravel cars. Yeah, it's the pits.
A nice big consist leads this mixed freight southward.
Originally SCL, then SBD and now in stealth.
Fortunately our dreams came true. Stealth went away.