Amtrak 73, the North Carolina "Piedmont," departs Salisbury behind a borrowed P42DC. The state's 3-unit roster is unavailable due to wreck damage to two units and repainting of the third.
NC 1792 leads Amtrak 73 past What-A-Burger #10 at Glass, NC. What-A-Burger is a local chain of eateries known for Cherry-Lemon Sundrop, Witchdoctors, and (of course) burgers.
CSXT E555 departs Hamlet on #3 track.
CSXT Q614, operating with some "real" foreign power, knocks down the signal at the north end of Catawba.
The Sunday version of P61, operating as a Statesville Turn, is easy on the eyes with a string of older power.
Four GP60's power 338 through Salisbury. They'll cross over and meet southbound 337, waiting with an ex-Conrail SD50 in the lead.
The engineer of the Salisbury Switcher throttles up, leaving an exhaust plume from his GP38-2's as they had south at Salisbury.
Amtrak 80, the northbound "Carolinian," leaves the former mill town of Kannapolis, NC, in its wake as it accelerates northbound after a station stop.
Several things distinctly not N&W are seen at Bluestone. Ex-Conrail power and hoppers, massive modern signal bridges with tri-light signals, and Southern-style green station signs have all changed... (more)
Westbound autorack train 277 passes under the unique signal bridge at Flat Top, WV. Old N&W position lights prevail eastbound, while a newer tri-light signal governs westbound movement.
The last rays of sun shine on an all-BNSF powered NS 194 as it curves into the small mining town of Keystone, WV.
Westbound empties and eastbound loads meet on UP's busy Powder River Subdivision in some of the most remote country I've ever seen. I can still "feel" this shot --- Wyoming's open spaces are incre... (more)
I saw a lot of trains here growing up. CSX Q391 approaches Park Road in Painesville, OH, where my aunt and uncle have lived for years. I shot my first Conrail trains here in 1985 at the age of 14.
BNSF 4904 leads NS P61 through Barber, NC, exactly one mile west of the crossing of NS's S-Line between Salisbury and Asheville and L-Line between Mooresville and Winston-Salem.
The second of three consecutive trains through Barber with BNSF power leading is NS P61, slamming the diamond at Barber Jct. They'll soon meet eastbound 139 running with a pair of BNSF Dash-9's.