A southbound train consisting entirely of grain is seen passing through the crossover located at Oaks, which is the mid point of double track between Chaska and Habersham in remote Campbell County... (more)
A day on the CSX KD never disappoints as CSX N282 climbs the grade at Oaks.
Late in the day, CSX Extra 148 South is grinding up Duff Mountain grade just past the crossover at Oaks on the west main---as a hi-rail piloted by a track supervisors and assistant roll north on t... (more)
A pair of tired, old GE U30Cs drifts back downgrade at the crossover at Oaks (named for former division superintendent Jim Oaks) after shoving a southbound coal train over Duff Mountain. The pushe... (more)
With a crewmember watching, a currently rare autorack train rolls downhill by coaldrag U150.
Chaska helper C212 trips the signal on #2 track at Oaks after shoving N253 over the mountain on this warm winter day.
Coal drag N253 struggles up the grade on #1 track at Oaks as MOW equipment clears on #2. A helper is shoving on the end on this bright winter evening. Tech help goes to my daughter Laurel.
In a rain storm, southbound tote train R141 climbs through the cross over at Oaks, around the Chaska helper (in the distance on the left), and a northbound hopper train behind a former Chessie SD5... (more)
Coal drag grinding up the steep grade. Note this years accumulation of sprouting wheat on the #2 track.
Switching headend power after coal drag stalled on Duff Mountain. Fifteen cars front and rear had to be tied down, then power run to the crossover and switched to get lead engine to work.
Southbound U466 pulling coal over the long mountain grade, with a helper shoving on the rear, at MP 212.
CSX signal, weathered and not long for this world...
CSX helper northbound at Oaks, after pushing a loaded coal drag over the mountain late in the night.
Ballast cars and MOW workers laying new rock just south of Oaks and before Habersham.
With the Chaska Helper calling out "Moving on the rear" 95 cars back, another SB coal train begins the climb up the KD's Duff Mountain.