Two lite motors roaming in the Andover direction on The Appy in the small community of Glenita, Va on the outskirts of Natural Tunnel.
NS 799 exits Natural Tunnel with a pair of matching BNSF GE's leading an empty hopper train bound for Andover.
With a matching pair of YN2 GE's, T090 exits Natural Tunnel headed Eastbound for Kingsport via NS trackage rights.
The sun lights up Natural Tunnel as 45 loads of coal bound for Eastman in Kingsport heads south as a clean YN2 AC44 leads the train on the NS Appalachia District.
CSX U090, running as KT24 on trackage rights on NS' Appalachia District, exits the West portal of Natural Tunnel, reflecting into a still slightly murky Stock Creek.
After helping W584 from Loyall to Watkins, C201 is seen coming out of the north portal of Natural Tunnel at Glenita, Virginia.
An eastbound coal drag creeps through Natural Tunnel State Park. Brake and rail squeal fill the natural cut disturbing the solitude. We didn't mind in the least!
A westbound train of empties passes the iconic Red Stone Drive-In as it heads towards Natural Tunnel State Park. Earlier in the day these same engines brought a load of coal east.
Work train NS 930 is tied down in the siding at Glenita. In earlier years, the now inactive quarry in the background provided much of the ballast for the ex-Southern's Appalachia Division.
A CSX coal train, exercising NS trackage rights between Big Stone Gap, Va. and Frisco, Tenn., exits Stock Creek Gorge and splits the signals at Glenita, Va.
NS 607 rolls by the non-closed quarry at Glenita, Va. In earlier years, the quarry provided much of the ballast for the ex-Southern Railway's Appalachia Division.
It's a dreary, wet day in southwest Virginia as an empty hopper train rolls through Glenita, Va. enroute to the Appalachia area. Stock Creek Gorge and Natural Tunnel lie just ahead.
A pair of AC units lead CSX coal loads out of Stock Creek Gorge at Glenita on a gorgeous late fall day.
Westbound CSX pushers, running on NS trackage rights, wait in the short stub siding at Glenita as unit coal train NS 720 rolls by on the main line. In earlier years, the guarry in the background s... (more)
NS 78T exits Stock Creek Gorge and approaches Glenita; the Glenita signal is evident in the right background.