The Erie heritage unit leads NS 201 westbound through Rural Retreat, Va on the Pulaski District.
Remember the days when Southern Railway didn't mind if you found an open vestibule and opened the top half of the Dutch door to look out? This is eastbound 4501 smoking her way into Rural Retreat,... (more)
The highest point on any direct rail route between New York City and New Orleans is about a mile ahead of the engine at this point: 2,581 feet above sea level. This famous line was built before th... (more)
Southern 630 cants to a super-elevated curve on the east side of Rural Retreat, VA--a spot made famous by O. Winston Link's recording of N&W train 42 on Christmas Eve, 1957.
The town of Rural Retreat, VA was made famous among steam aficionados by the Christmas Eve 1957 recording of train 42, the eastbound Pelican, arriving and departing after making a flag stop. The n... (more)