Posted by Ky.CatFan on February 13, 2010 
A typical coal fields scene. Note that there are roosters but not a hen is visible. The property owner may in fact have some hens, but that's way too many more roosters than needed to service a hen house. These roosters are probably used for illegal sporting matches. Some good advice is that photographers of any sort need not be any where near this close to mines and tipples when the United Mine Workers has a strike in progress. I don't know if the pair of ex N & W armored locomotives are still on the Norfolk Southern roster, or if the Norfolk Southern has armored newer units. These special units looked normal on the outside. The inside of the cabs and all essential internal equipment were heavily armored. The sole reason for the special units was to be able to go into the tipples to pull loaded coal hoppers out during a coal mine strike. Miners on the picket lines at the rail gate would not be welcoming a train crew with friendly waves. In the coal fields most if not all male citizens will normally be packing firearms. The general public in these near poverty areas get very upset during strikes when the national news people show up, as they don't like any publicity, especially bad publicity.
Posted by Nick McLean on February 14, 2010 
Classic Appalachia! You've done it again!
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