After getting rained on almost all day and all night the night before on Thursday and earlier yesterday morning. Since I am attending a birthday
party today for my niece. I made the decision to head out yesterday, Friday the 21st, after getting up around 11AM to go out and get some photos and
video. It turned out to be a pretty nice day once the rain cleared out and it warmed up slightly. It has been getting busy around here lately and the
traffic levels can attest to that.
First train up was our daily local that runs between Alloy and Saint Albans, West Virginia. With a hefty train in tow after working Praxair at Marmet
and then heading east to Alloy to work the interchange with the Kanawha River Railroad. Local freight H872-21 rolls back west through Marmet, West
Virginia as it heads for the yard at South Charleston, West Virginia with an Electro-Motive GP30 rebuilt into a Road Slug, Road Mate on CSX, and its
GP40-2 Slug Mother.
After about forty five minutes or so of the local passing by. The next train and the first eastbound to come by showed up. With a string of either
Kentucky or West Virginia black diamonds in tow behind. CSX ES44AH 3015 leads an eastbound coal train towards a crew change at Hinton, West Virginia
on the second leg of its journey to Richmond, Virginia and the Carolinas.
About an hour after the coal train had went on east and got the hell out of the way. A Maintenance of Way, one of the system work trains, rolls west
with a solo General Electric product in charge with the rip rap of gondolas, tool cars, and the MoW critters on flat cars. Been a while since I had
seen one of these come through these parts.
With a lull in traffic for about an hour or so. The next train to show up would start keying up and yapping on the radio. With an eclectic lash up of
a General Electric CW44AC, an Electro-Motive SD50, and even an Electro-Motive GP38-2. CSX 568 leads empty grain train V696-18 west towards a crew
change at Russell, Kentucky for the continued run towards Columbus, Ohio and the cornfields of the Midwest.
After the lull in traffic had passed by. An eastbound coal train was passing through Charleston, WV when the defect detector at the CA450.00 caught
the train with a defect with something hanging off of one of the cars. So after stopping and spending lord knows how long to fix the defect between
Marmet and Charleston. Mine run H874-21 is seen running through town as it gets on the move after stopping to repair the problem and to correct a
Just before the last train to come through in daylight would come through. I took this photo of the traffic backup on the interstate. All of that due
to a tractor trailer full of potato chips smacking the retaining wall and bursting into flames after a tire exploded. Don't worry, the driver of the
big rig walked away without a scratch. Can't say the same for the tasty contents he was carrying.
Tractor Trailer fire closes the West
If you look closely in the previous photo above. You can see that the lights and the gates to the crossing had activated in anticipation of its next
train. After snapping the photo of the above traffic snarl on the Turnpike. Empty coal train T179-21 hustles west towards the Kentucky coalfields for
another round of black diamonds.