|The Pocahontas Chronicles|
|The Norfolk Southernís Pocahontas Division mainline from Bluefield, WV west to Iaeger, WV is an incredible stretch of railroad for a photographer. It includes lots of tunnels, mountains, branchlines, easy access, pushers, interesting little towns, a fascinating history and lots of trains.
US Route 52 generally follows the railroad, at times so close that the ballast touches the road. If Iím spending a day chasing trains I often end up spinning in circles trying to decide whether to chase the eastbound coal drag, the westbound hoppers, the light pusher set, the mine shifter heading for a branch, the grain or the merchandise trains. My best success has been finding a nice spot and waiting for the trains to come to me. Frequently that spot is somewhere between Welch and Elkhorn tunnel where the coal trains are battling the grade.
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