Coal train descends the Allegheny Mountains in heavy brakeshoe smoke

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Coal train descends the Allegheny Mountains in heavy brakeshoe smoke

Not far out of Altoona near McGarveys, I caught Extra 3292 East on June 26, 1980. The engineer has placed a good set on the brakes as he is trying to keep this loaded coal train under control as it drops down the hill.

Coal train descends the Allegheny Mountains in heavy brakeshoe smoke

Just think! In the days before dynamic brakes, every train used to come down the mountain in a haze of brake shoe smoke. Disk 120