It was the end of one era and the beginning of another when Norfolk Southern sold its F units to the Aberdeen, Carolina & Western Railway. ACWR acquired an F9A and an F7B, and after being repainted, are now being used on excursion trains. This one seen here is Midland NC bound, with ACWR F9A 271 in the lead, and ACW's new E unit #301 on the rear. This train is being used as a wedding train for someone in the company. As it approaches the Briar Creek trestle they notch up to get over the steep grade ahead.