My pre-dawn departure from Durham was looking more and more like waste of time as I drove past Greensboro, Statesville, then Hickory in a constant drizzle under overcast skies. As I neared Old For... (more)
As a stiff breeze from an approaching cold front blows the lingering clouds off the continental divide revealing the stars above, the trailing headlight of the helpers on a loaded eastbound coal t... (more)
Westbound 135 tackles the final stretch of the climb to the continental divide at Ridgecrest on a bleak fall afternoon in western North Carolina.
Eastbound out of Asheville NC starts the assault over the Blue Ridge Mountains via a massive loop between Ridgecrest and Old Fort
Autumn Leaf Special from the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer to Asheville and return.
Brakes are squealing as the North Carolina Transportation Museum "Blue Ridge Special" is eastbound back to Spencer, seen here exiting one of several tunnels on the west end of the loops.
For the past hour, NS 135 has been on its hands and knees battling mother nature, climbing the rugged Blue Ridge mountains on a cold and rainy fall day. In a scene perfectly suited for Halloween, ... (more)
Passengers on the Southern Loops! For the first time in a dozen years, a lucky group of passengers is on their way to Asheville by rail, traversing Norfolk Southern's S-line. From this aerial view... (more)
Southern GP38-2 #5129 leads a mix of power and a freight train at Ridgecrest, NC in 1986.
A westbound empty hopper train climbs toward the top of the grade at Ridgecrest.
Just past Swannanoa Tunnel, the train crests the summit after climbing through the Old Fort Loops in the late afternoon.
Eastbound freight 166 approaches the summit at Ridgecrest. Soon it will be descending through the Old Fort Loops.
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.
Westbound 135's battle with the Blue Ridge Mountains is almost over as it approaches appropriately named Ridgecrest.