Literally seconds after the sun has risen over the mountains to the east, Asheville-Hickory local P87 trundles by at Ridgecrest with woodchip hoppers for Old Fort in tow.
NS #2593 leads this eastbound rail train that will spend the day picking up old sections of rail along the Old Fort Loops before returning to Asheville.
NS #5093 leads the eastbound P87 (Asheville-Bridgewater) through Ridgecrest, NC on this cool September morning.
The lights of a yet-unseen train cut through the landscape of bare trees, their leaves already fallen for the winter, as daylight wanes on this dreary November day in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Thanks to inspiration from a fellow photographer, my Dad and I decided to hike the 2.5 miles down to the tunnels near Ridgecrest. The shot worked out but the experience made the hike worth it
Southern consul 630 is about to dive into Swannanoa Tunnel at the summit.
Morning westbound Asheville to Old Fort roundtrip cresting the grade at Ridgecrest after exiting Swannanoa Tunnel
Eastbound morning Asheville to Old Fort roundtrip
The Smoky Mountains Though I don't believe this is what the people that coined the name had in mind. Southern Railway #630 climbs out of the Loops, letting the diesels kick in prior to ente... (more)
NS #7597 leads Wateree, SC bound coal train 786 as it approaches Ridgecrest, NC.
NS #5820 brings P87 to the top of the Old Fort Loops at Ridgecrest, NC.
NS #8326 brings westbound train 135 to the crest of the Old Fort Loops at Ridgecrest, NC
CEFX #1007, a rare leader for NS train 135 as it crests the top of the Old Fort grade at Ridgecrest, NC.
NS #9934 leads train 135 at the top of the Old Fort Grade at Ridgecrest, NC.
NS 135 leads a train up the steep grade through the loops near Old Fort, NC. In half a mile the train will finally reach flat ground as it continues on towards Asheville, NC.