Two former Southern SD40-2s have just cut away from the rear of an eastbound coal train at Watkins. They have the light first, and then the waiting CSX train in the siding will follow on the pushe... (more)
A three unit pusher set has cut away from the cab of a coal train at Watkins, and now the engineer has "widdened" on the throttle to get rolling back to Big Stone Gap ASAP. There, the cr... (more)
Three four-axle units have just uncoupled from the old C&O caboose on this eastbound coal train at Watkins, VA (Dan'lboone) after a long shove from the Bluegrass State. It's a 90-mile trip back to... (more)
Three four-motor units from various pre-CSX components make a full throttle departure back to Kentucky after shoving a unit coal train 90 some miles to this point. The NS Knoxville East End dispat... (more)
An eastbound CSX unit coal train has attained the top of the hill at Big Cut, VA (the west control point for the siding here is known as "Watkins"). The community gets its name from the ... (more)
The pushers (left) on a CSX coal train are ready to cut off and return to Kentucky as a westbound waits in the siding. The empty train will follow the pushers back toward Big Stone Gap.
Led by a Citirail ES44AC, the NS 747 heads north through the Watkins CP on the Pumpkinvine.
The NS 8003 leads the 756 through Watkins on the way south to Belews Creek Steam Station.
NS 1074 Lackawanna with 5 other units on the main at Watkins. The 757 with empties was returning from Belews Creek Steam Station. One of the locomotives was removed from the consist and added to t... (more)
The NS 91V led by the NS 2688 rounds a curve while dropping new rail on the Pumpkin Vine.
The NS 2729, with a number almost the same as its train number and with a plow packed with snow, heads south through Watkins about an hour north of the Car Lot in Walkertown.
The NS 2729 with a number almost the same as its train number and with a plow packed with snow, heads south through Watkins about an hour north of the Car Lot in Walkertown.
When CSX purchased its C40-8s in the "stealth" paint scheme in 1989, my personal opinion (as well as many other rail observers) was less than positive. In retrospect, the big units looked rather i... (more)
The NS 272 rolls south near Watkins in route to the car lot in Walkertown, NC
The Loram track grinder moves to another location on the Pumpkin Vine to begin grinding.