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.

3 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.

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