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Big weekend for steam!

August 28, 2014  •  2 Comments


Labor Day is a big weekend for steam locomotives in the US.


The big news this weekend is the return to steam action of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's 4501 which will be a part of the annual RAILFEST! this weekend in Chattanooga, TN.

I look forward to seeing the 4501 as it returns to the rails as part of the Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program over the next few years, joining the 630, the NKP 765, and hopefully soon the Norfolk & Western 611 undergoing restoration in North Carolina in Spencer.


The photo above is of the 611's long-time excursion partner the NW 1218 which resides at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke which would also be a great destination this holiday weekend.


Wherever you spend the weekend, I hope you have a great end to the Summer, see a bunch of trains, and stay safe near the tracks!


Mabry Mill - Helpfordyllon

August 18, 2014  •  1 Comment

I'm offering a special offer for #helpfordyllon   

The 8X10 BW print above is specially priced at $10 (regularly $25) and I'll donate the proceeds directly to his family.  

The offer will end on 9/1/2014.

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You can add optional mounting and framing to your print if you desire while you are there.

About Dyllon

Dyllon is a 4 year old budding photographer fighting leukemia, and his family can use a bit of assistance with the expenses related to his fight. 100% of the price of this item will go directly to the family.

Or would just like to assist Dyllon and his family financially with the costs associated with his treatments, you may donate via PayPal directly to the family at or at their Go Fund Me page

Both his mom Jamie White and his dad, Adam are posting updates on his treatments and condition. Jamie posts on G+ and Adam on Go Fund Me

Also, if you are an artist, crafts person or photographer who wishes to contribute an item for auction or sale to assist Dyllon, please check out the #helpfordyllon hashtag and the community,


NS 8014 Tifton

August 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment



As a railfan, I might be one of the few people who don't mind being caught by a train at a crossing. The gates were just going down as I pulled up to this crossing in Tifton, Georgia last week, so I rolled down the window and grabbed my trusty #Canon #G1X to get a snapshot of the passing train.

NS 8014 leads her train through the crossing blowing the horn in the familiar long-long-short-long pattern. A friendly wave from the crew made the moment complete.


Dark Fog

August 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


On a dark foggy morning in November 2010, CSX 496 leads an empty coal train north from Florida through Folkston, Georgia.

On a morning like this.. you feel the train before you can see it appear slowly from the shadows. You hear the horn blowing for the crossings and feel the ground shake as the engines pass.

Unit coal trains move tons of "black diamonds" from the fields of the Applachians to the Power Plants which provide energy to millions of customers.


Down on the Farm

August 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment


The Norfolk Southern railroad painted 20 of their new locomotives in historical paint schemes as part of their 30th Anniversary celebration in 2012.

My favorite of them is the Southern scheme which I photographed in May 2012 at Farm, West Virginia.

The locomotive was working in helper service, pushing loaded coal trains over the Pocahontas Division deep in coal country.

The coaling tower dates the days of steam. The Norfolk & Western's steam engines would be replenished here while working on the mountain. The concrete tower still stands as a reminder of when this area was part of the Billion Dollar Coalfield

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