Today we were able to get out and railfan part of the Kanawha Secondary, namely the valley, from Nitro up to Spring Street, and down to Dickinson. We split up for this trip, so we could catch both the Nitro and Spring Street turn going about its daily routine. Btw, by we, I’m always referring to my wife, my best friend, and railfan partner. I have to say, there are two things my wife will tell you that I taught her: military history and trains!
I started out in Nitro catching the turn putting its train together. Today’s turn consisted of pulling empty syrup tanks out of Holsum Baking, plus pulling loaded scrap gons out of Paxton-Sullivan scrapyard. Some photos of this work below:
I then caught him behind Holsum heading for Spring Street. I discovered later after we were done for the day that there was a second turn out of Nitro with only chemicals out of Allied Chemical. Photo below is the turn behind Holsum:
While I was in Nitro, my wife was at Dickinson yard catching the Spring Street turn getting its train together. This turn consisted of one hopper of wheat for Holsum, plus two gondolas for Paxton scrap, plus two more syrup tankers for Holsum. Again, as with the Nitro turn, there was a later Spring Street turn of just chemical tanks going to Allied through Spring Street. Photos of the turn before it departed Dickinson:
We both then headed up to opposite ends of Spring Street, myself to catch the Nitro turn arriving, while my other half caught the Spring Street turn arriving. Photos below of this action:
In the above right photo, the Spring Street turn actually arrived first, and pulled a few of its outbound cars up the Hitop secondary proper to clear up for the Nitro turn coming in, as Spring Street isn’t a very big yard.
After swapping cars, the two turns headed back to Nitro and Dickinson yard. The Spring Street turn did have three extra cars on the return trip as shown below before departure from Spring Street:
My wife followed the turn back to Dickinson where she caught it arriving below:
I in the meantime followed the Nitro turn and caught him spotting his inbound cars before tying up on the lead into Holsum, opposite the yard office in the last photo:
Another good day of catching trains on the Hitop….!