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Photo ID: 545805

Norfolk Southern's "Erie" Heritage unit crests the grade at the top of the Blue Ridge. In just a few seconds one of the cars will break a knuckle which will delay 744 at the top of the ... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NS 1068
Train ID: NS 744
Photo Date: September 03, 2015


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Sep 08, 2015

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Photo ID: 508579

After spending 45 minutes climbing the Old Fort loops, 135 will now coast downhill the last 15 miles into Asheville.

Railroad: BNSF Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: BNSF 9078
Train ID: NS 135
Photo Date: October 18, 2014


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Nov 29, 2014

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Photo ID: 506981

A very short 135 passes through Ridgecrest, NC on this hot summer afternoon behind KCS #3902.

Railroad: Kansas City Southern Railway
Locomotive: EMD SD70MAC
Location: Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: KCS 3902
Train ID: NS 135
Photo Date: June 21, 2010


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Nov 16, 2014

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Photo ID: 505268

The fall colors are in full peak as P-87 approaches Ridgecrest on the morning of October 27th. In just a few short days an early season snow storm will remove all the remaining leaf color from th... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD GP38-3
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NS 5803
Train ID: NS P87
Photo Date: October 27, 2014


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Nov 05, 2014

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Photo ID: 477904

A late season ice storm hangs on the trees around Ridgecrest as 55W climbs to the highest point on the S-Line.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD SD60E
Location: Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NS 6949
Train ID: NS 55W
Photo Date: March 18, 2014


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Apr 15, 2014

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Photo ID: 471892

Shortly after 10 pm on this cool Sunday night, NS westbound empties pass through Ridgecrest, NC with the Lackawanna heritage unit leading. Special thanks to RP.net contributor Reginald McDowell f... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: EMD SD70ACe
Location: Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NS 1074
Train ID: NS 787
Photo Date: February 23, 2014


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Mar 01, 2014

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Photo ID: 468512

135 has just emerged from the Swannanoa Tunnel as it crests the Blue Ridge at Ridgecrest. It's all downhill from here until they crew change in Asheville, 15 miles away.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW)
Location: Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NS 9292
Train ID: NS 135
Photo Date: January 20, 2014


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Feb 01, 2014

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Photo ID: 468011

On this beautiful winter afternoon, UP #9527 has just crested the Blue Ridge at Ridgecrest with an all western power set on train 135 bound for Knoxville, TN.

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: GE C41-8W (Dash 8-41CW)
Location: Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: UP 9527
Train ID: NS 135
Photo Date: January 26, 2014


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Jan 28, 2014

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Photo ID: 445410

The lights of a yet-unseen train cut through the landscape of bare trees, their leaves already fallen for the winter, as daylight wanes on this dreary November day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: Unknown
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: November 16, 2011


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By: Nick DAmato (Diamond D)

Added: Jul 31, 2013

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Photo ID: 433812

Southern consul 630 is about to dive into Swannanoa Tunnel at the summit.

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 630
Train ID: NS 060
Photo Date: April 20, 2013


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By: Michael Biehn

Added: Apr 26, 2013

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Photo ID: 433279

The Smoky Mountains Though I don't believe this is what the people that coined the name had in mind. Southern Railway #630 climbs out of the Loops, letting the diesels kick in prior to ente... (more)

Railroad: Southern Railway
Locomotive: Steam 2-8-0
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: SOU 630
Train ID: NS 060
Photo Date: April 21, 2013


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By: Peyton Gupton

Added: Apr 22, 2013

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Photo ID: 429725

Having completed its climb out of Asheville, NS 786 slows as it passes the sight of the former Ridgecrest, NC depot.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE ES40DC
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7597
Train ID: NS 786
Photo Date: March 14, 2013


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By: Grady F. McKinley

Added: Mar 25, 2013

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Photo ID: 399793

My pre-dawn departure from Durham was looking more and more like waste of time as I drove past Greensboro, Statesville, then Hickory in a constant drizzle under overcast skies. As I neared Old For... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW)
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: NS 66E
Photo Date: April 10, 2011


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By: Nick DAmato (Diamond D)

Added: Jun 05, 2012

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Photo ID: 386684

As a stiff breeze from an approaching cold front blows the lingering clouds off the continental divide revealing the stars above, the trailing headlight of the helpers on a loaded eastbound coal t... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: Unknown
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: NS 72R
Photo Date: April 16, 2011


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By: Nick DAmato (Diamond D)

Added: Jan 13, 2012

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Photo ID: 381870

Westbound 135 tackles the final stretch of the climb to the continental divide at Ridgecrest on a bleak fall afternoon in western North Carolina.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE C40-9W (Dash 9-40CW)
Location: Ridgecrest, North Carolina, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: NS 135
Photo Date: November 16, 2011


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By: Nick DAmato (Diamond D)

Added: Nov 22, 2011

Views: 3,222
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