It is a stunning panorama in motion as you sweep past Virginia’s fabled Shenandoah Valley in diesel-powered workhorses that still punch a clock for the Winchester and Western Railroad. After all these years, these reliable veterans of the rails still pull more than their own weight day after day. Ride along with a pair of Alco RS-11s and a GP-9 doing their muscle-bound best hauling enormous loads up grinding upgrades of the wooded hills between Virginia’s working mines. This close-up look at down-home railroading gives you a good idea of what it takes to run this “big little” short-line. Then, follow the north-bound tracks as the action shifts from the Shenandoah Valley to the Appalachians of Maryland as we climb aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. This time, get an engineer’s view of what lies ahead directly from the cabs of first-generation Alco Diesels painted with the legendary “fireball” design. These classic locomotives are seen pulling vintage passenger cars over scenic mountain tracks before stopping at the fully restored station at Frostburg.
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