83E has filled out for tonnage at Flat Top Yard and throttles up for the hard climb up to Bluefield, WV. J51 has three more big GE's shoving hard some 145 cars to the rear.
Westbound NS 217 with a former Conrail SD50 leading forms a long question mark as it snakes along the winding creek a few miles outside Bluefield Yard.
Coal loads pause just shy of the block at Bluestone, VA while they wait on 83E to finish switching out Flat Top Yard just a few miles ahead.
Eastbound NS 274 crosses over from track 2 to 1 at Falls Mill, VA directly into an early morning Spring sunrise.
A former N&W SD40-2 has the point on eastbound NS train 18M at photogenic Falls Mill, Va.
Eastbound 281 blast past the old N&W signals at Bluefield, VA on her way to a crew change at the Bluefield, WV yards.
SD40-2 6111 and SD40 1613, both of N&W heritage, prepare to pull a rail train east out of NS's Bluefield, WV yard on a sunny May morning.
18M is in your face as they throttle up after a 2 hour delay in Iaeger while the NS signal department ran a signal test on the division.
NS 184 wraps herself around a tight curve near the top of the Pokey's Elkhorn Grade. The camera has been leveled with a bubble to give a feel for the grade and super-elevation involved.
18M screams out of the tunnel at Kimball and across Elkhorn Creek. Pushers on the rear will keep her stepping up the grade but they will not set any speed records with 133 cars in tow.
Love those high hood SDs! In a break from the standard lineup of NS catfish, NS 3319 charges up Elkhorn Grade on the point of 83A bouncing EMD music off the mountains.
18M has an interesting mix of power this fine morning as she rattles through the crossovers at Hull on the very busy Pokey.
GP38-2 has drawn mine run duty as she pulls a cut of mty hoppers out of Auville Yard past the old coaling tower. The crew will soon be eastbound on the Pokey heading for the big mine at Keystone.
NS mine run U76 is rolling past milepost 25 on former Virginian rails as they tug 140 mty hoppers toward the big loadout at Kopperston on the Morri Branch.
The sign on the store next to Danville Yard has it right! Those UP units are BIG! Two of the UP beast have found thier way down the Coal River Sub into Danville and strut their stuff next to CSX... (more)