Southern Railway loaded coal train entering the siding at Old Fort, NC in 1981

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Southern Railway loaded coal train entering the siding at Old Fort, NC in 1981 Southern Railway loaded coal train entering the siding at Old Fort, NC in 1981

2567, 5230, and 5228 bring a loaded coal train to a stop at the west end of the siding at Old Fort on May 23, 1981. Notice the brakeshoe smoke rising from the trees around the curve in the top picture. The head brakeman will line the train into the siding.

Southern Railway loaded coal train entering the siding at Old Fort, NC in 1981 Southern Railway loaded coal train entering the siding at Old Fort, NC in 1981

About 60 cars back are mid train helper engines 2721, 5036, and 2766 under the control of radio car 905933. The siding at Old Fort has a capacity of 154 cars. Disk 126

Southern Railway loaded coal train entering the siding at Old Fort, NC in 1981