Southern Railway freight train climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains near Coleman, NC in 1981.

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Southern Railway freight train climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains near Coleman, NC. Southern Railway freight train climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains near Ridgecrest, NC in 1981.

Engines 5112, 5215, 2530, and 2811 are pulling a westbound train up the mountain near Coleman on February 27, 1981.

Southern Railway freight train climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains near Ridgecrest, NC in 1981.

The train has crested the highest point on the Southern Railway at Ridgecrest at 2,516 feet. Ridgecrest siding is another short one at just 47 car lengths. Disk 127