Helper units prepare to cut off from their train having shoved a stack train up the West slope of Sand Patch grade.
A stack train grinds its way up Sand Patch grade
Ready to pass under the road bridge, and very near the west side of Sand Patch Tunnel, these GE's are working pretty hard. The double stacks are rolling now that all the row is ready for them.
The helpers prepare to cut off an eastbound freight at the "Summit of Alleghenies" at Sand Patch, Pa.
The helpers on an eastbound freight (Q640?) split the new signals at Sand Patch. Sand Patch tower was formerly located where the red dirt is to the right.
A GP40 MOW "Pumpkin" and several hoppers wait on a side track at Sand Patch for their next call to service.
Westbound Q217 has exited the west portal of Sand Patch Tunnel (out of view around the curve in the left background) and begins its downhill journey towards Confluence, Connellsville and beyond.
An eastbound coal train passes a MOW "Pumpkin" with a few empty hoppers at Sand Patch.
The helpers on eastbound coal drag U885 split the recently installed, but not yet activated, signals at Sand Patch.
Westbound Q375 rolls by Sand Patch tower on a sunny fall day.
Eastbound Q384, led by a pair of Wisconsin Central units, enters the cut approaching the west portal of Sand Patch Tunnel. Sand Patch Tower is in the left background.
A cut of empty hoppers fills out the front part of westbound Q359's consist. Q359 has just exited Sand Patch Tunnel and rolls through the cut approaching Sand Patch Tower. The hot exhaust blurs th... (more)
Westbound Q383 exits the west portal of Sand Patch Tunnel.
Westbound Q249 crests the "Summit of Alleghenies", elevation 2258 feet, at Sand Patch.