CSX's Santa Train: A special preview day

Posted by Jim Wrinn
on Friday, November 17, 2017

There are some days in your career as a lover of railroads when words fail to describe the sheer enjoyment of a day spent trackside with a special subject and many good friends. Friday was one of those days.  We were with CSX and a group of people who’d made sure that Clinchfield F7 No. 800 and SD45 No. 3632 were ready to pull the 75th anniversary Santa Train on the former Clinchfield Railroad. Today was the positioning move for the Santa Train, running from Kingsport, Tenn., to Shelbiana, Ky., near Pikeville. The railroad wisely and generously invited the supporters of this project to have special power on the point and made sure the train was positioned at scenic locations for photos. We’ll have more on this weekend and tomorrow’s Santa Train, but today, enjoy these images from our day in Clinchfield Country.

Dawn at Copper Creek viaduct.

Posing at Fort Blackmore.

The classic church shot at Dante, Va.

 Charging across a bridge near Nora, Va.

The iconic shot at Pool Point, Ky., in Breaks Interstate Park. 

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