A pair of visitors from "That Other Railroad" lead NS train 135 up the hill at Spencer just after leaving Linwood Yard.
135 comes around the Wye onto the S-Line at Salisbury in heavy fog with a KCS SD70MAC leading an unpatched TFM SD70MAC.
Train 135 kicks up dust from fresh ballast as it heads west towards the Old Fort Loops.
After conquering the 3.0% grade of the Old Fort Loops, westbound 135 takes a breather as it coasts past some spectacular fall color at Swannanoa.
135 chugs up Yadkin Hill with a stringer of catfish at the helm.
Train 135 has made it to the second tier of the Loops about 100 feet above the valley it just left. To get a feel for the loops, click Railroad: Norfolk SouthernLocomotive: EMD SD70MLocation: North Carolina, USALocomotive #: NS 2589Train ID: NS 135Photo Date: November 03, 2007
Mounting an assault on the Southern Loops beneath some nice folliage.
A Linwood to Chattanooga mixed freight is seen here passing a small Christmas tree farm leaving the Piedmont behind and heading into the hills.
The hills are on fire with color as NS 135 roars into the first of the famed Southern Rwy. Loops just west of Old Fort, NC. In about five minutes, the train will gain enough elevation to pass whe... (more)
The battle is almost won as NS 135 fights through Swannanoa Gap nearing the summit of the beautiful Blue Ridge at Ridgecrest as seen from high above along Hwy. 70.
Late day light illuminates westbound 135 as it passes an old Southern whistle post.