Norfolk Southern freight train repeats the scene played out by Conrail, Penn Central and the Pennsylania Railroad, as man and machine battle against elements of nature for 150 years.
Empty hoppers await signal to head west, after NS 236 clears the single track territory.
Stretching over a mile and half, empties return west for more black diamonds.
On a clear fall day, southbound Carolinan passes through the town of Ashland
With the fall colors slowly disappearing, a set of light power heads west, most likely to one the mines on NS Pocahontas District.
A TOFC train rounds the curve through the town of Matewan.
Engine #90 reverses to the water tower to ensure steam for tonight's dinner train.
A colorful mix of containers heading west.
This mixed freight train would be surprisingly the only the southbound CSX train I would see today.
Appears an old B&O Jordan Spreader was being used to clear the right-of-way along CSX Portsmouth Sub.
With 39 years of combined service for Norfolk Southern, a D8-40C and a smoking C39-8 pulls intermodal train thru Suffolk, Virginia.