The Pokey DVD4.5 of 5 (2)
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Taped in the spring of 1997 when the new widecab GE's were out and about in force, both on the point and as helpers. This is coal country, and we caught lots of heavy coal drags twisting through the narrow valleys and blasting up the grades and through the tunnels that make up this highly scenic route. NS still uses cabooses for back up moves on the mine runs, I was surprised to find them backing up for 15 or 20 miles. Imagine a new C40-9W on one end and a caboose on the other. Also caught a coal train at War Eagle being run around by half a dozen trains. A great show and another of my favorites.
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The Pokey DVD
Chase Freeman (Grundy VA US) on 2017-01-06 18:04:16.
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This is a well done presentation on the Pocahontas Division. This is back when coal trains where every where on the division and everything wasn't lead by a wide cab GE. This was shot during the time NS was testing SP AC44s on the pusher between Farm and Bluefield. Its an enjoyable feature with plenty of motive power variety!
The Pokey DVD
rrvideoman (Delisle Saskatchewan) on 2020-04-07 08:01:50.
Eastern coal railroading is much different from the Powder River operations. In the Pocahontas region, many trains have to be backed into mines, and therefore cabooses are used so a person can relay to the engine crew as to what to do. Helper units are also needed to assist. Steep grades and tight curves add to the excitement of the experience. This video show the great action that the Norfolk Southern had to experience in some very rough terrane.