Heading south with yet another coal train. Hard to believe it may never happen again.
Northbound CSX train of empty hoppers headed back to Loyall, KY with a motive power consist that was becoming more rare event then.
Running westbound on NS this northbound CSX train of empty hoppers will regain home rails at Big Stone Gap, back when four units on a train was an everyday event.
Without doubt the greatest "Santa Train" ever on the old Clinchfield is loaded and ready to depart northbound with a mundane freight unit leading. It's the 50th anniversary and on the other end U... (more)
E'town at the time had double track all the way from Louisville to a crossover where the second track became the siding. As I understand it north of the crossover was block signal and south of th... (more)
A spiffy looking unit leads this southbound grain extra waiting to pull south and enter the treacherous Nolichucky gorge. A bygone seen, as the yard now lies empty and rusting.
Battered and dirty, still equipped with the old "honker" horns and the jaunty bell, this old cab unit is again ready to venture into the north woods in search of traffic.
Back when Amtrak was hauling something profitable the "Southwest Limited" heels into a curve as it leaves Edelstein Hill and approaches its next stop. The dust of the great Southwest de... (more)
A nicely painted switcher doing its mundane duties. Photo by Gary Zeitler.
Dig those shiny number boards. Photo by Gary Zeitler.
Scooting along for a good trip through the sand and creosote bushes the "Desert Wind" seems lost in the vastness but provides a welcome change from the dozens of freights that ply this track daily... (more)
The "Palmetto" passing one of the really nice towers RF&P built many years ago and apparently abandoned almost immediately.
Big power for the yard. No more do they shuffle freight at Erwin and only two trains a day call here. We all wonder how long CSX with maintain what is now effective a very long branchline.
On a beautiful clear cool spring day the westbound "Desert Wind" is all buttoned up and ready to accelerate.
Looking rather ratty, this old unit gets some attention in the 70s. From my collection, photographer unknown.