Shortly after the formation of CSX, consists of
matched Chessie System power were still possible to lens.
In 1989, two renumbered GP40-2's, C&O 6167 and WM
6268 lead two originally numbered GP40-2's on an
eastbound manifest at Brunswick, MD. Photo by Kevin Burkholder
Before the days of MARC (Maryland Area Rail
Commuters), the Maryland Department of Transportation
operated passenger service between Brunswick, MD and
Washington, D.C. In 1989, MDOT F9PH 7182 idles at the
passenger platform in Brunswick, MD. Photo by Kevin Burkholder
In 1988, CSX freights began seeing intermingled
consists of predecessor units. On a warm June day, the
equivalent of today's Q-217 sits idle west of Brunswick,
MD with former B&O SD40-2 8257, former SCL SD40-2
8007, and another former B&O SD40-2. Photo by Kevin Burkholder
B&O GP40-2 4223 and GP40 3762 team up to move
empty hoppers north from Newport News to Richmond, VA.
This train is seen near Williamsburg, VA in 1985. Photo by Kevin Burkholder
Known as the "Baby Boats", Seaboard Coast
Line and Maine Central were the only interested roads in
the lighter version of the U23B. U18B 1935 basks in
bright Maryland sunshine outside the once bustling
Brunswick shops. At the time of this photo in 1989,
Brunswick shop forces were still busy prepping units for
daily service. Photo by Kevin Burkholder
For those that never witnessed a pair of Chessie
GP40-2's on the Brunswick turntable, this shot's for you!
In 1989, B&O 4303 and C&O 4286 were nose to nose
as they prepared to "take a spin". Not apparent
in the photo, but definitely apparent while there, were
numerous other GP's being worked on inside the
roundhouse. Photo by Kevin Burkholder
Cumberland Subdivision / Magnolia Cutoff
Peter McGilligan and I made a pilgrimage to the
Cumberland area in the Fall of 1991, and again in the
Fall of 1995. I hope you enjoy some of my photographs
from the former trip! Eastbound R344-24 passes under the
highway overpass at Hancock, West Virginia. It is about
to pass still-active HO Tower. Many of the towers on the
Magnolia Cutoff and on Sand Patch have been retired, so
get your pictures while you can!
A local train tied up at Hancock, WV.
Although originally assigned as helpers on the
Mountain Subdivision, CSXT's new SD70MAC's are finding
their way around the system. Witness loaded coal train
T104-02 passing Hancock Tower at 12:23 on April 5, 1998,
behind CSXT GP40-2 6247 and SD70MAC's 704 and 718. T104
is bound for a power plant in Florida. Once Conrail's 15
SD70MAC's (4130-4144) are assimilated into CSX's roster,
it will be more common to find the Big Mac's throughout
the system. Photo by Melanie L. Good
Now a rare sight, a Chessie System SD35 awaits its
next assignment at CSXT's Cumberland (MD) engine
terminal. Since this picture was taken in 1991, CSX has
repainted most of their power - and retired the SD35's.
Another Cumberland area attraction is the tourist
railroad running on the ex-WM main from Cumberland to
Frostburg, MD. In 1991, the operation was called the
Western Maryland Scenic Railway, featuring WM-painted
equipment such as this ex-VIA FPA4 painted as WM 305.
Keystone Subdivision / Sand Patch Grade
Telegraph pole insulators on a frosty fall morning...
taken from the WM overpass at Rockwood, PA.
On a beautiful October morning, a CSXT work crew
heads out onto the main at Garrett, Pennsylvania on the
ex-Baltimore and Ohio Sand Patch grade. Although M of W
crews are generally a bad sign, we had a productive day
on Sand Patch this day.
A little later, we caught eastbound R356-24 passing
under a street overpass at Garrett. Colorful consists
like this are hard to find on CSX now; most power has
been repainted into the CSX "Bright Future"
At the summit of the Alleghenies, R397-25 heads west
past SA Tower at Sand Patch, PA. This train was powered
by a pair of now-common GE C40-8W's on October 25, 1991.
Taken from the Western Maryland's Salisbury Viaduct,
R396-24 heads eastbound with its auto parts train towards
the summit at Sand Patch. Most of the once-parallel WM
main was abandoned once Chessie merged with the WM in the
Hyndman Tower was slated to be closed in the early
part of 1997, but was saved (temporarily) by the
impending CSX/NS & CR massacre. An eastbound autorack
R376-25 passes by Q Tower on October 25, 1991.
A bonus find on the morning of October 26, 1991: One
half of CSX's business train fleet behind westbound
R377-26 at Hyndman. We chased this train from Magnolia
Bridge through Cumberland to Hyndman... CSX 116 (F7A) and
CSX 119 (FP7B) are ex-Clinchfield units, serving on
Clinchfield, Seaboard System, and CSXT business trains.
This is the best way to view the Sand Patch
grade - from the cab of Sand Patch helpers! We pushed
R135 up the hill from Hyndman to Sand Patch, with three
SD60's as pushers. We ran down the hill light back to
Hyndman, passing many trains and sights on the way. This
was by far the best day I have ever had railfanning!
The last day of our trip in the fall of 1991 wasn't
the best: Train R356-26 derailed at Falls Cut Tunnel in
the morning of October 27, 1991. The train is shown at
Fairhope, stopped and awaiting the wreck train. Falls Cut
Tunnel is about 30-50 cars behind the power. Several TTX
flatcars jacknifed, blocking both tracks for most of the
day; prompting us to go home.
In October, 1997; Peter McGilligan and I took another
pilgrimage to B&O country. This time, we visited
CSXT's Mountain Subdivision (from Cumberland, MD to
Grafton, WV) for four days. These three photos from that
trip are not representative of the excellent photos we
got that trip; since I took mostly slides but don't have
a slide scanner. So, these three are scans of the only
three prints I took. Oh well.
This is the West Virginia Northern passenger excursion
train at Tunnelton, WV on October 16, 1997. WVN was
reactivated in the early 1990's for this purpose. It had
previously closed due to a lack of freight (coal)
traffic. WVN 52 is an SW1200, one of the three original
Here is a pair of SD70MAC's awaiting helper duty at
Hardman, WV. Hardman (formerly Q) Tower is visible in the
background, and is generally where helpers are added to
eastbound trains. Helper set B242-17 consisted of
SD70MAC's 719 and 706, and is seen here on October 17,
1997 at noon. These units later pushed S316-15 eastward
to Cumberland. Also note that CSXT designates SD70MAC's