Loaded coal train 744 has just met westbound P87 and is underway at the east end of Old Fort. The Appalachian coal is at the bottom of the descent of the Appalachians down the famous Southern Loop... (more)
In perfect morning light, an eastbound coal train thunders upgrade at Ridgecrest. In less than a minute, the head end will begin the 16-mile descent to Old Fort down the 2.2% grade through the Loo... (more)
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.
A look through the short Jarrett Tunnel finds the CNJ heritage unit leading NS 69V out of the siding at Coleman near the top of the Old Fort Loops. Thank you to Grady McKinley for the help on find... (more)
NS 931 heads westbound through West Barber. Bound for the Vulcan Materials Company, Enka Quarry on the NS Murphy Branch in Chandler, NC.
For the first time during this spring's "21st Century Steam" tour, 630 takes to the mainline without diesel assistance during three roundtrip excursions between Spencer and Barber, NC.
I'm always impressed by the engineering masterpiece of the old Southern Rwy loops. Here 2 big motors blast up the grade with just 10 loaded chip hoppers in tow. In just a couple minutes they will ... (more)
The speed is already dropping as these three big motors start to tackle the stiff grade over the Blue Ridge. Soon they will enter the famed Southern Rwy loops. This was a lucky catch as I saw this... (more)
NS 9710 leads a loaded coal train into Old Fort, NC.
On an overcast Saturday morning, NS 8442 comes tip-toeing downgrade through the loops near Andrews Geyser, NC.
NS 134 barrels eastward through the confines of downtown Statesville at the interchange with the Alexander RR.
After leaving the mountains behind, this local glides through a broad valley a few miles east of Old Fort.
Quite a few picnic goers, railfans, and tourists enjoy a beautiful fall day at Andrew's Geyser as a local descends the Loops.
A very unusual perspective of the Loops: as if looking up from the bowels of the earth, we see a local dropping down the Loops through one of many hairpin turns, flanges squealing, dynamics howlin... (more)