NS 198 is the southbound half of what may be the most important pair of trains on this stretch of line, but it still has to cool its heels at Smithville until second class train C87 - headed from... (more)
The NS (Central of Georgia) turn to Lafayette (Trains 7/8 in pre-CSX days) used about two miles of rights over the CSX (Western Railway of Alabama) between Opelika and Roanoke Junction. Here, #7 ... (more)
On a cloudy-bright winter afternoon, a trio of SD50s - led by an ex-UP unit still grimy from its recent coal country service on the A&O - runs light toward OKC, where it will power a northbound ro... (more)
Oil train passes the D&R connection as it rolls south on UP's Van Buren Sub.
The engineer started up the grade to Oakland Heights with just 16 pulling, but the SW1 apparently is having a problem. Not to worry, as Alco 18 is following a few hundred feet behind, and can com... (more)
A 4-pack of B-B u-boats waits for a fill-up at the Tilford fuel rack.
On a typical late winter/early spring day in these parts - warm enough for tees, but gray and damp - a D&R employee enjoys the benefits of one-man operation. After dropping his cut into the D&R/U... (more)
If in the 1980s you had visited the Milwaukee's mainline, the Dash-2s leading fast, frequent trains might reasonably have convinced you it was a healthy company.
When completed in 1833, the 136-mile Charleston & Hamburg was the longest railroad in the world. By 1977 most activity on the Charleston end had shifted away from these tracks in the downtown are... (more)
Looks like 5311 is pretty fresh from a redo.
A CSX unit serves as DPU on a southbound oil train traveling down the Arkansas River valley toward Little Rock on UP's Van Buren Subdivision.
The homebound leg of the daily turn out of Montgomery drops down the grade into Opelika with a switcher subbing for the usual second B30-7.
No work in Auburn on this day, so the local is really rolling. Looks like a pretty big train (common in those days), so the old EMD probably had a tough go on the 12 mile climb from the Tallapoos... (more)
An SD50 teams with an SD40-2 to take grain loads south on the old West Point Route.
The old West Point Route has never been a big coal conduit, but it used to see at least a few unit trains like this one, likely headed south for the export coal terminal at Mobile.