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.

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