RailPictures.Net Photo: NS 555822 Norfolk Southern Caboose at Kent Junction, Virginia by Ron Flanary
 
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» Norfolk Southern (more..)
» Caboose (more..)
» Kent Junction (more..)
» Kent Junction, Virginia, USA (more..)
» December 26, 1997
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
» NS 555822 (more..)
» Unknown
» Ron Flanary (more..)
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Fresh snow blankets the Appalachian landscape the day after Christmas 1997 as the caboose of an NS mine run on the former Interstate Railroad approaches the overhead bridge of the former L&N at Kent Junction, Virginia. This train has been backing several miles from Andover, and will divert at Kent Junction for a continued shove up the Roaring Fork Branch to a coal mine for loading. The rail in the foreground hasn’t seen a train today as evidenced from the snow atop the rail—and for good reason, since it’s been out of service since 1986. While cabooses are long gone from virtually all main line service around the nation, railroads such as NS still operate several in the coalfields where long “shoves” such as this would otherwise require a brakeman to hang on the side of a car for an extended period of time, and in all types of elements.
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