Southern Railway freight train 172 passing the railroad station at Saluda, NC May 4, 1981

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Southern Railway freight train 172 passing the railroad station at Saluda, NC May 4, 1981

The train is passing the depot at Saluda and will soon stop to set up retainers on all cars. For many years, this was the steepest mountain grade on any US mainline railroad at 4.7 percent.

Southern Railway freight train 172 passing the railroad station at Saluda, NC May 4, 1981 Southern Railway freight train 172 entering downtown Saluda, NC

That is downtown Saluda off to the left. Disk 127