Q226 passes the Mance Post Office heading down the hill towards Cumberland after cresting Sand Patch.
A pair of SD60's have westbound Q217 under control working upgrade and around the big curve at Mance.
Westbound grain loads claw their way up the mountain and around the horseshoe at Mance.
Q368 rolls down the mountain on a cold and wet Sand Patch morning.
It's a rainy, dreary and foggy morning on the patch but the colors still look great on the mountain as Q217 gets a friendly push up the hill.
Back in 2000 you could find all kinds of lashups running around on CSX. Here a westbound manifest exits Sand Patch tunnel with an ex-con and a leaser.
One of the few SD40-2's in helper service exits an original, untouched bore of Sand Patch tunnel but not for much longer as the NGP has set the bore to be notched.
Depalma & crew @ Pinkerton
Decent power on todays eastbound Q394-14 @ Pinkerton
Interesting power on Westbound High Wide Q359-15 emerges from Shoo Fly Tunnel.. is this former EMD 1, the very first SD60. Was later CR 6840, then NS 6701 before passing over to CSX in the merger
Old glory illuminates, the rails glisten, and the West Hump glows as the late setting July sun starts to fade behind Wills Mountain. RC SD40-2 heads east through the yard for it's next hump move.... (more)
Wide angle view of the W&LE run through ore train
Q217 leaving the Queen City
Q358 struggles upgrade under the ex railroad that used to dominate this area, the Western Maryland. The viaduct is now a bike trail.