Southern Railway coal train negotiating the lower loop near Andrews Geyser

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Southern Railway coal train negotiating the lower loop near Andrews Geyser

You can only get a good train picture from this vantage point when all the leaves are off the trees. This was taken on February 27, 1981. Engine 3254 leads a loaded coal train into the lower of the three horseshoe curves. With no leaves on the trees you can easily see the upper section of track on the hill behind the train. The train will encircle Andrews Geyser as it eases down the mountain.

Southern Railway coal train negotiating the lower loop near Andrews Geyser

Andrews Geyser was built in 1885 by building a dam two miles upstream on Mill Creek and running water down to the geyser in a pipe. The geyser was repaired in 1910 and named for Alexander Boyd Andrews the president Western North Carolina Railroad that built the line between Salisbury and Asheville. He was the vice-president of Southern Railway in 1910. The geyser was repaired a second time by the city of Old Fort in 1976. Disk 126