Family Lines freight trains meet at Thermal, NC

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Family Lines freight trains meet at Thermal, NC

After the first southbound train clears the siding, the train I had chased down the hill from Spruce Pine arrives. The caboose of the northbound is on the left and engine 8002 leads the second southbound train. Veteran railroaders salute each other as the southbound train eases by. The other units on the southbound train were 7030, 7029, and 8146.

Family Lines freight trains meet at Thermal, NC Family Lines freight trains meet at Thermal, NC

Six years earlier I caught another meet at Thermal between Clinchfield Number 95 and Extra 3017 South on October 18, 1978. Disk 129