Southbound freight rolls through Dante with Clinchfirld era signals still standing tall.
What a difference a day makes. This scene unfolded earlier in the year, but just with an inspection special passing by. Today, after a two year absence, the return of the Santa Train is easing i... (more)
The Church Shot. CSX 1 (F40PH-2, ex-CSX 9998, exx-OHCR 280, née-AMTK 280, F40PHR, EMD, 4/1978) passes the legendary Union Baptist Church in Dante, Virginia during The Santa Train 2022 even... (more)
The Santa Train has completed the Dante stop and heads south past what remains of Dante Yard.
The people of Dante, VA., have all gathered trackside in their small community to see Santa Claus riding on the rear of the 80th anniversary CSX Santa Train. Running south down the Kingsport Sub f... (more)
Having announced their approach with a vigorous horn blast the celebrity of the day rounds what is possibly the sharpest curve on the former CRR main and enters the aspiring ghost town.
Approaching the north end of the yard the special is almost abreast of the old depot, now stripped to bare brick walls and slated for restoration. Ahead railfans have flocked to the church, site ... (more)
P001-23 heads by the Union Church at the north end of Dante Yard. This spot was a favorite for the Santa Train and had attracted much of the chase team this day, so I went high with Airwolf to ca... (more)
Rear unit of a string heading to Trammel to assist a stalled coal train. They are passing a landmark made famous in innumerable railfan shots.
CSX southbound freight Q693 exits the 7,854 foot Sandy Ridge Tunnel near Dante,VA.
After the Christmas shutdown and several inches of snow, CSX N312 knocks the snow off the rails as it passes through Dante, VA
On a overcast fall afternoon, a CSX executive special rolls Northbound along the famed Clinchfield while passing through the ghost town of Dante. This is a welcomed sight along these parts since i... (more)
The crowd at Dante, VA on Saturday, November 23, 2019 came out to see The CSX Santa Train. The famed Union Baptist Church is in the background.
Recently rebuilt F40PH-2 CSXT 9998 leads CSX P936-23 (The Santa Train) as it passes the Union Baptist Church, Dante, VA on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
The 2019 Santa Train Special in Dante on this rainy morning.