Old Glory and a gloriously colorful tree watch over a Piedmont Division local.
A short local consisting of about 25 empty chip hoppers descends through the Mill Creek Valley.
Train 135 has made it to the second tier of the Loops about 100 feet above the valley it just left. To get a feel for the loops, click Railroad: Norfolk SouthernLocomotive: EMD SD70MLocation: North Carolina, USALocomotive #: NS 2589Train ID: NS 135Photo Date: November 03, 2007
Mounting an assault on the Southern Loops beneath some nice folliage.
A Linwood to Chattanooga mixed freight is seen here passing a small Christmas tree farm leaving the Piedmont behind and heading into the hills.
Heading into the siding to meet an eastbound.
What a show! 8,000 HP worth of DC power roar out of Jarrett's Tunnel (hidden in the shadows). These two units were in Run 8 with the sanders going but were still only able to maintain about 15 MPH... (more)
Taking a step back yeilds this perspective of the Andrew's Geyser Area. The "geyser" (actually gravity fed from a lake) is just starting up as a local climbs the grade.
The hills are on fire with color as NS 135 roars into the first of the famed Southern Rwy. Loops just west of Old Fort, NC. In about five minutes, the train will gain enough elevation to pass whe... (more)
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 emerges from the very short Jarrets Tunnel as it climbs the Blue Ridge Mountains of the famous Old Fort Loops.
Westbound 135 struggles through the Old Fort Loops with 45 cars as it exits the first tunnel.
Eastbound 750 drops into Old Fort as westbound 135 patiently awaits its turn on the Old Fort Loops.
Eastbound coal train 750 gingerly approaches town as it reaches the bottom of the grade off the Old Fort Loops.
Eastbound train 116 approaches Old Fort as it reaches the bottom of the grade.