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Old 10-28-2017, 03:16 PM   #10
troy12n
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Originally Posted by bigbassloyd View Post
Seems like NS prefers to burn up the CSX trackage over copper creek instead of the Appy District. You'd probably get 1 maybe 2 trains during a 2 day stay through the tunnel. The Clinchfield would be your best bet for traffic (starnes overlook, copper creek, etc.) but still not exactly a high volume route currently. There's plenty of great shots within 20 miles of Natural Tunnel, but not enough trains to fill em

Loyd L.
It's also substantially shorter for them to send CV coal trains over the Clinchfield than it is to go from St. Paul to Frisco via Norton and Big Stone Gap. I've heard trains running up the CV to Frisco via Norton have to use an extra crew to make it

So the only traffic they are sending that way is coal originating on the Interstate or closer to Norton.

I'm not sure what Norton is like these day
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