Eastbound loaded coal train with engines 8128, 3609, and 3018 at Ellenboro, NC in 1981

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Eastbound loaded coal train with engines 8128, 3609, and 3018 at Ellenboro, NC in 1981 Eastbound loaded coal train with engines 8128, 3609, and 3018 at Ellenboro, NC

The train is on the branch through Charlotte and rolling along at about 25 miles an hour. I had never covered this line before, but thanks to a good map and the train's slow speed, I was able to keep up and get more pictures. These are at milepost 396 near Ellenboro, NC.

Eastbound loaded coal train with engines 8128, 3609, and 3018 at Waco, NC

A short time later the train was at Waco, NC. This was a perfect day in February. Not too cold. Nice ice crystal clouds that add interest to the sky and don't block the sun in my train pictures. Disk 129