"Rollin' Down the Poor Fork": On May 31, 1980, L&N GP18 number 904 is panned as it rolls down the river toward Loyall with its train of loaded coal hoppers. This is the Poor Fork Mine Ru... (more)
L&N's 1958-era locomotive paint scheme, as exhibited by RS3 number 118, was rather sombre, but it was typical for the times as railroads chose simpler and more economic liveries for their locomoti... (more)
There was a time when it was photographically worth the wait until the end of a train came along. Of course today, there's just an EOT hanging on the rear drawhead--hardly an attractive subject. I... (more)
Three L&N U25Cs are backing past a standing northbound empty train in the siding at Big Stone Gap. The trio is pushing Southern's Andover derrick and support train to a derailment in Dryden.
Loyall, KY, May 1965: When the L&N dieselized and steam was gone, I was devastated. It took some time, but I made peace with the diesel thanks to the company's 107 Alco RS-3s----certainly my favor... (more)
I had gone to Louisville to ride behind restored L&N Pacific 152 on her first public run---a "thank you" special to donors, Kentucky Railway Museum members, and other invited guests. The... (more)
Derricks from both the line's owner, L&N, and the Southern derrick from Andover, VA are working to clear up a nasty coal train derailment in 1975. The boom of the derrick shown is the Southern's. ... (more)
On a gloomy afternoon at Harlan Junction, KY, the Martin's Fork Mine Run is busy getting its empty coal hoppers together for placement at mines along its assigned work territory. RS11 number 956 i... (more)
The poor old brakeman who drew the short straw to ride up front for five miles is showing the effects from a bitterly cold day. He looks miserable! This is the Corbin, KY wrecker and its outfit tr... (more)
The trappings of the steam era were still evident at Loyall, KY on this day in early 1975. The roundhouse had nine stalls until five of them were razed after the end of steam. The four remaining s... (more)
Not quite three months after leaving the EMD assembly plant at LaGrange, IL, L&N SD40-2 number 3572 awaits a recrew at Appalachia, VA.
Time is running short for these Alco C420s, in mine run service at Loyall, KY in 1979. L&N 1309 was bought new by the L&N, but 1377 is a real rare bird. She came to the L&N via the Seaboard Coast ... (more)
This is the eastbound ("north" by railroad direction) run of the first successful operation of restored L&N 152 back in 1985. A previous run had to turn back when driver bearings ran hot... (more)
Probably the last L&N "Little Woody" caboose in service was the 128, which ran on the Corbin wreck train during the early to mid-'70s. This classic vehicle was on the rear as the wrecker... (more)
As the sun heads toward the tops of the hills, L&N 865 makes a late afternoon passage through Pennington Gap, VA (or "Pennington" on the railroad). At the time, this was still an open tr... (more)