Coke loads from Monessen head West over the impressive Speers Trestle, spanning between Westmoreland and Washington counties, the Monongahela River, and the overall Mon Valley.
My first attempt at photographing a grain train on the former P&WV was partially successful, the train was found at Monessen but unfortunately it had already outlawed.
This was a great chase, but in hindsight I wish I called in sick to work and continued following the train to Connellsville.
BNSF power on the last slab train over the W&LE massive Speers Trestle that sits above the Monongahela River next to Interstate 70
Wheeling 416 set-off WE 3034 before continuing East.
This was the last solid black and orange powered trains I was able to photograph before the grain trains stopped running.
Although I rarely see other railfans out when chasing the Wheeling, when a 416 grain train ran fans seemingly popped out of the woods to chase them. In a unique move, the crew had to bring back th... (more)
This was one of the nicest lashups I ever saw on a W&LE grain train. Unfortunately, it was also the last grainer that I photographed since this traffic is not currently running to Hagerstown.
A Connellsville grain train starts across the massive Sudan Viaduct, one of several large bridges on the W&LE's east end.
A WC SD45 leading a grain train in Pennsylvania? Almost anything is possible on the W&LE!
Sweet power on the last slab train over the WLE. A pair of SD70MAC's rumble onto the massive Speers Trestle.
What a way to break in a new camera! A W&LE slab train with BNSF power on thre Speers trestle.
One word! WOW. The W&LE slab train looks like it's in HO Gauge on the massive Preers Trestle!
416's rear helpers are working hard to keep their heavy snow covered slabs under control while the head end slows to make a crew change in Rook Yard.
The thrid slab train has a little more power than the first two; a UP AC44W, SD9043MAC and a WE SD40-3 up front and two Geeps on the back.