2013 – A Train Review

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So, I was going through my archives and came across some pictures I had taken back in 2013, the only time I really took train pics until after I got my current camera.

There were only two instances of trains that year, but they were special ones.

I’d like to share these pics with you, as a way for you to relive those memories with me. 🙂

Windsor, VA: March 23, 2013
As part of the inaugural year of Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam program, Southern Railway steam engine 630, on loan from the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum, lead an excursion from Norfolk, VA to Petersburg, VA and back.
My father and I headed to Windsor to catch her as she headed toward Petersburg. It was a crisp morning, with a mid-level cloud deck present, perfect for pictures.
A bit after 9am, we hear her lovely steamboat whistle break the silence. Camera at the ready, this is what I caught.

Southern 630 approaches Windsor.

Southern 630 approaches Windsor

The trees are filled with her steam.

The trees are filled with her steam.

630, looking marvelous

630, looking marvelous

My father, who, back in the late 70s/ early 80s, served as a fireman on this engine for steam excursions, watches as 630 puts on a wonderful show.

My father, who, back in the late 70s/ early 80s, served as a fireman on this engine for steam excursions, watches as 630 puts on a wonderful show.

Pelham, NC: August 10, 2013
A visit to my family in Danville, VA for my birthday was made even more special by getting to share my hobby with my young nephew Caleb. Bright and early on a lovely Saturday morning, we loaded up in my car and headed to Pelham, just south of Danville, to catch some action on Norfolk Southern’s busy Danville District.

My nephew, on my brother's shoulders, reacts to the loud northbound manifest about to pass us. The engineer gave him a small show with his horns.

My nephew, on my brother’s shoulders, reacts to the loud northbound manifest about to pass us. The engineer gave him a small show with his horns.

A southbound intermodal train approaches Control Point Swann with a special unit in the consist

A southbound intermodal train approaches Control Point Swann with a special unit in the consist

The intermodal takes the signal at Swann, with Norfolk Southern's Nickel Plate heritage unit looking good.

The intermodal takes the signal at Swann, with Norfolk Southern’s Nickel Plate heritage unit looking good.

A pacing shot of NS 8100.

A pacing shot of NS 8100.

Crossing Law Rd

Crossing Law Rd

I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures. I welcome your comments.
Have a great day! 🙂

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About Gavin Wilkes

Gavin currently works at Virginia Tech as a Tech Support specialist. Gavin and his wife Kathy currently live in the mountains of southwest Virginia, in the small town of Christiansburg, right along Norfolk Southern's aptly named Christiansburg District, where you'll most likely find him taking pictures, if he and Kathy aren't relaxing at home or out and about on an adventure.
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