Empty ethanol from Charlotte passes through Spruce Pine, NC on it's return trip to Clearing yard in Chicago.
A southbound coal train bound for South Carolina pops out of Vance Tunnel at Altapass, NC as the first rays of sun pop over the Blue Ridge.
A northbound empty hopper train heads across the Toe River at the north end of the Toe River siding, still home to a set of Clinchfield signals.
On it's inaugural mainline run, CSX's First Responders Unit leads freight train Q693 south down the Clinchfield Loops as it pops out of the 2,211 ft. Lower Pine Ridge Tunnel and will enter the 341... (more)
N760 pops out of Ridge Tunnel, headed South into the Clinchfield loops on their way to Brice
Emerging from the rock-lined Ridge tunnel, southbound coal train N760-06 has reached the highest point of the Clinchfield Railroad at Altapass and now begins the steep descent down the famous Clin... (more)
The newly painted CSX 911 and Veterans unit head south to Bostic on Q693 through Spruce Pine. Another special feature is that both units were wearing brand new Leslie RS5-T horns which is rare for... (more)
CSX train P90108 has just passed through 2nd Washburn Tunnel and back into the dense fog in the mountain tops along the Clinchfield Loops. Clinchfield F3A #800 is dead-in-tow, making a quick run f... (more)
A northbound manifest knocks down the CRR signals at NE Toe River has it heads north through the Blue Ridge Mountains, following the North Toe River through the Appalachian gorges of Western North... (more)
The N-2 style dwarf signal at NE Toe River, dating back to the days of the Clinchfield Railroad, shines down the former CRR mainline as a nearly full moon illuminates the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Two days after CSX announced it would be closing the Erwin, TN terminal; Q697 slices through downtown Spruce Pine, NC.
This northbound excursion on the Clinchfield is essentially a dead-head move back to Erwin. That morning, the train took a load of patrons to Spartanburg for an overnight stay. At Spruce Pine, eng... (more)
Southbound coal loads pass through downtown Spruce Pine.