Empty Hopper Trains on the B-Line

Lately, Norfolk Southern has been running some empty coal hopper trains west on the B-line. They used to mainly run up the Shenandoah Valley Line north from Roanoke, but perhaps due to crew availability they have been running a couple per week via Lynchburg, Manassas, and out the B-line.

Unfortunately, I didn’t capture video of these trains, but here are a couple of photographs:

Norfolk Southern train 777 climbing Linden Hill on 12/16/2018.

Norfolk Southern train 777 climbing Linden Hill on 12/16/2018.

NS ES-44AC #8101 (Central of Georgia heritage unit) leads train 781 west near Front Royal, VA on 12/27/2018.

NS ES-44AC #8101 (Central of Georgia heritage unit) leads train 781 west near Front Royal, VA on 12/27/2018.

9 comments for “Empty Hopper Trains on the B-Line

  1. Kevin Horn
    March 1, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Last week there were two eastbound loaded coal trains identified as NS 740. One ran past B35 where I live about 10:30 pm Friday and a second ran Saturday morning about 11:45 am. Both sets have 110 cars and had DPU (two units) on the rear. NS 741 ran also Saturday about 1:30 pm with four units.

  2. Kevin Horn
    March 1, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Also, there was a westbound empty coal train last night about 10:00 pm. I think that the Hagerstown dispatcher used the symbol 781 to speak with the crew about a Riverton local up at the junction.

  3. Kevin Horn
    March 21, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Empty coal train just now at B35. While these movements are not “regular” they are becoming frequent enough to be considered part of the rotation.

    • spgass
      March 23, 2019 at 2:06 am

      Yes indeed – I haven’t figured out which days (maybe there’s no pattern) but am glad we have something new/different to see. Seems like there are at least a couple loads and couple of empties per week.

  4. March 26, 2019 at 5:10 am

    is that first photo on the AT

    • spgass
      March 27, 2019 at 12:26 am

      That’s right – taken by the AT crossing

  5. Kevin Horn
    May 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    There were two westbound empty hopper trains today, one about 3 pm and the second about 7 pm. This is the first time I have seen two empty hopper trains hours apart on the same day.

    • spgass
      May 11, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      Cool catches, Kevin – I saw a loaded eastbound coal Friday evening but didn’t get any pics or video.

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