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Photo ID: 737311

Clouds roll over the mountains at Shawsville, Virginia on the damp morning of May 22, 2020 as an early morning grain train climbs Christiansburg Mountain on the former Norfolk & Western.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: NS 55W
Photo Date: May 22, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 25, 2020

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Photo ID: 736796

"Mountain Sunset": The last evening daylight train west out of Roanoke is slowly climbing up Christiansburg Mountain on May 16, 2020. Taken from the best viewpoint in Shawsville, VA, you... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 16, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 20, 2020

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Photo ID: 736663

"Appalachian Railroading": To some, including myself, Shawsville, Virginia exemplifies some of the best features of Appalachian railroading: big mountain scenery and big tonnage trains. ... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 16, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 19, 2020

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Photo ID: 736396

A second empty coal train lugs its way up Christiansburg Mountain about 1 hour after NS #8152 and #4074. This one lead by NS #4021 and #7634 is caught on the porch of the classic farm house at the... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 4021
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 02, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 17, 2020

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Photo ID: 736332

The John Farm in Shawsville, Virginia provides an excellent setting for watching trains as Norfolk Southern #8152 and #4074 haul empty coal hoppers on May 2, 2020 up-grade on the Christiansburg Di... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 8152
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 02, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 16, 2020

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Photo ID: 736329

Norfolk Southern AC44C6M #4093 along with three other units blast their exhaust through Shawsville, Virginia as seen from the John Farm cemetery on May 2, 2020.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 4093
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 02, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 16, 2020

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Photo ID: 736178

Norfolk Southern #4173, hauling intermodals bound for Bluefield WV and all points west, climbs the Christiansburg Mountain grade near Shawsville, VA on May 2, 2020 on NS' Christiansburg Division.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 4173
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 02, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 15, 2020

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Photo ID: 736177

Norfolk Southern #4173 grinds up-grade at Shawsville, Virginia on May 2, 2020. NS #4173 is an AC44C6M. AC44C6Ms were developed by rebuilding former NS Dash 9-40C units with AC traction motors and ... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE AC44C6M
Location: Shawsville, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 4173
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: May 02, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 15, 2020

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Photo ID: 736063

To end our day traveling west into Pocahontas country we catch NS 7528 again, this time on the Christiansburg Division, haulin' the mail east to Roanoke, VA near Rich Creek, VA.

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Rich Creek, Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7528
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 14, 2020

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Photo ID: 736061

We depart Welch, but catch an eastbound manifest train lead by NS #7528 climbing east and up-grade to Bluefield, WV along US Route 52. It was raining at this location and as the lead unit rounded ... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: GE ES44DC
Location: Switchback, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7528
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 14, 2020

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Photo ID: 735910

After a break for lunch, we caught back up with the action south of Keystone. Here, NS #7324, an SD70ACU hauling empty intermodals, snakes its way through the valley and crosses over Elkhorn Creek... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: SD70ACU
Location: Keystone, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 7324
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 13, 2020

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Photo ID: 735909

After Welch we drove east back to Keystone to catch NS #9275 hauling an empty grain train past an abandoned coal processing plant in Keystone, WV. There are literally dozens of coal plants like th... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: Dash 9-44CW
Location: Keystone, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 9275
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 13, 2020

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Photo ID: 735796

After catching NS #4087 west of Welch we decided to part ways with that manifest train and turn to another classic location to photograph incoming west-bounds: the Court Street overlook. Here, SD7... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: SD70ACe
Location: Welch, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 1083
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 12, 2020

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Photo ID: 735795

One of my favorite spots all day: Welch, WV. If this place doesn't scream coal country then I don't know what does. Here, NS #4087 crosses over McDowell Street and the Tug Fork River just west of ... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: AC44C6M
Location: Welch, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 4087
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 12, 2020

Views: 1,435
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Photo ID: 735663

Continuing further, we catch NS #4087 at Big Four Tunnel No. 1 outside of Big Four, WV. The railroad dips and winds its way through the valley followed closely by U.S. Route 52 and Elkhorn Creek h... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: AC44C6M
Location: Keystone, West Virginia, USA
Locomotive #: NS 4087
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: April 30, 2020


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By: Michael J. Wilson

Added: May 11, 2020

Views: 788
Comments: 0

Favorited: 7
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