1. I went back to the Rockhouse Sub., the following Saturday, Aug. 23rd. My main goal was still to shoot a train at the north end of Blackey siding. I timed my arrival too perfectly...a train was rolling over the switch as I drove by! Realizing that leaving home 5 minutes earlier would have secured the shot, I drove on down the line for this shot at Red Star. I was shocked to find that SD40-2 8125 was leading SD70MAC 4819 on shifter C843 with SCNX/CITX empties.
2. C843 n/b rolls up to the south end of Dent (Cornettsville on the map) facing a red signal. View 1.
3. C843 n/b rolls up to the south end of Dent (Cornettsville on the map) facing a red signal. View 2.
4. This gave me an opportunity to drive up through the remains of Dent yard (passing siding and one storage track) where I found a SCWX loaded train parked in the siding. To the right off the passing siding switch is the Leatherwood Br. which goes to an important mine up Leatherwood Creek. In steam days, a small engine terminal and turntable was located around the curve.
5. CSX 807-25 are parked in the siding without a crew. They will eventually take this SCWX (Santee-Cooper) train to Martin. It will then head south via the Big Sandy to the old Clinchfield to the Carolinas.
6. CSX 8125-4819 get a clear signal at South Coolidge (block signal 256).
7. C843 n/b hustles through Viper. The road is being rebuilt between Viper and Jeff.
8. C843 has to stop at the north end of Edjouet siding for a meet with s/b shifter C640.
9. C843 gets a clear signal, and it's on to Hazard yard.
10. C640 is heading up to Leatherwood with a short train of empties for stoker coal loading.
I'll take out after him later, but first I gotta eat supper.