It's a comfortable fall evening in the "Gap"---Thursday, October 3, 1985, nearly thirty years ago. At the east end of the old siding, three NS/Southern EMD four-motor units idle--awaitin... (more)
Five days before Christmas 1985, a northbound (by railroad direction--southbound by compass direction) Seaboard System train emerges from Callahan's Nose Tunnel at Roaring Branch, just outside Big... (more)
Three days before Thanksgiving 1985, the head brakeman of NS Extra 3279 West re-boards after a set-out of some track equipment on the house track at Big Stone Gap, VA. The fellow in the cab is the... (more)
Robinette Steel in Big Stone Gap, VA used to have a stub-end spur to load scrap steel for a plant in Newport, KY, just across the river from Cincinnati. An L&N gon is in place on February 20, 1974... (more)
Pace shot of 387 from Wildcat road.
A northbound empty hopper train throttles out of the yard limits at Big Stone Gap just four days before Christmas, 1986. The train is heading for Harlan County, KY for another unit train load of t... (more)
"The Southern Serves the South": On June 27, 1984 it had been nearly fifteen years since Southern's venerable F-units had left the Appalachia Division in regular service, but on this hot... (more)
On September 14, 1984, a southbound unit coal train eases through the passing siding at Big Stone Gap, VA to meet a northbound inspection train (powered by two F-units). By now, this is Seaboard S... (more)
[Taken with permission by the crew]
An afternoon C Train eases downgrade in yard limits as it approaches the home signal at the junction with CSX at Big Stone Gap.
CSX 8122 West swings through the curve at "Furnace Dip" on the approach to Big Stone Gap. The short bridge crosses the South Fork of the Powell River. This spot is a mere 1500 feet from ... (more)
My wife and I went out about an hour ago, and when I got out of the car at our house, I heard a distant train whistle. I stopped---listened again---and realized it was a CSX southbound (or eastbou... (more)
A westbound NS empty train arrives at the CSX junction at Big Stone Gap in the last gasp of daylight on a gloomy, rainy evening. The second unit is TFM 1656, an SD70MAC.
A westbound light CSX helper set hustles toward a diverging route clear signal at the junction with NS. The crew will have a 180 mile roundtrip once they return to home base at Loyall, KY.