1. CSX e/b empty coal train T913-05 with 385-874 pulls to the clearance point of Rush Run Siding at Thurmond.
2. R. J. Corman Railroad train Z549-06 rumbles across the New River to South Side Jct.
3. R. J. Corman Railroad train Z549-06 rumbles across the New River to South Side Jct. View 2.
4. Passing the water fall at Meadow Fork.
5. Passing the water fall at Meadow Fork. View 2.
6. Crossing bridge 35 at Dewitt. The train has 100 ISRX (Arcelor-Mittal), CSX and NYC empties to be loaded for Arcelor-Mittal’s steel mill at Burns Harbor, Ind.
7. One employee engineers the train while the other follows with the truck.
8. Z549-06 pauses at Harvey to pick up RJC 8718-8569 that will be needed at the mine as a helper.
9. Underway again, Z549 moves slowly upgrade at Prudence.
10. CSX 385-874-RJC 8718-8569 approach the abutments of the former C&O Price Hill Subdivision that went to the Mount Hope depot. This location would have been Sugar Creek Jct. in years past, as it formed a leg of a wye that formed a confusing junction of the lines to Garden Ground and Oswald.
11. Z549-06 approaches the 1,100 foot tunnel.
12. Z549-06 approaches the 1,100 foot tunnel. View 2.
13. “Tunnel” is the top of the grade.
14. Easing down the steep hill at Miller’s Camp.
A short distance ahead the train entered the property of the Hopkins mine at Pax. After some switching, the train would be ready to load the next day. Ron and I headed back to Hawks Nest for the evening’s activities at the Modelers Weekend.