My first amtrak travels through Sand Patch.
The Sandpatch Grade takes a complete turn around with the foliage, making the area look lavish with green instead of the dull, dead brown.
After a crew change in the narrows, Q394 pulls through Cumberland.
Built in August of 1989, and wearing Builder No. 46049, CSXT 7558's paint job may have seen better days, but at least it is still running, unlike a good number of C40-8's on other class 1's. Here ... (more)
CSXT 7558 and 7531 are two of five C40-8's working out of the Connellsville helper pool as of late. Here the matched set rolls west past the stored auto racks at Garrett on their way back to C'vil... (more)
Finally somewhere new for me to shoot on the Keystone Sub that is, I think, a very cool place for pics. Eastbound loaded coal bucket gets a push from two, yes, two C40-8's that are in the helper p... (more)
Q394 pulls to a stop in the Narrows for a crew change while low clouds hang over the Will's Creek gorge. The clouds would soon lift to reveal a beautiful spring day.
More at home lugging coal trains over the Appalachians, The Spirit of Grafton gets an easy task of whipping some autoracks down the west slope of Sand Patch on this day. Here it rolls throu... (more)
Cumberland helper 8609 is along for the ride on westbound autorack Q261, at least until it reaches Hyndman a couple of miles up the valley, then the work begins on Sand Patch.
B245 helper and crew crossing the state line on its way back to Cumberland after a shove west over Sandpatch grade
P030 at approaching Baltimore Street with 3- SD50 helpers on standby for the next heavy train east over sand patch grade
P030 eastbound along the Casselman River just west of Meyersdale and east of Yoder on sandpatch
P030 is moments ahead of a morning thunderstorm that stretches across the area. This train arrives 49 minutes later in Cumberland ... still 5 minutes early... in a light rain shower and thunder
Q375-24 just west of Sailsbury Junction at MP 216.4