Photo Galleries: The Florence/Sheffield/Muscle Shoals Area

A empty coal train rolls through the small town of Courtland, AL on its way back west for another train-load of PRB coal.

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NS #6920 "Honoring our Veterans" leads westbound train 163 through Wheeler, AL. The things us railfans will do for a picture! :)

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It's getting dark as the NS Office Car Special rolls in to the siding at Wheeler for a meet before heading further west.

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Norfolk Southern empty west bound coal train 733 rolls through Courtland, AL. This location is known to the railroad as Robertson Jct and there is a spur that splits off to run to the International Paper plant in Courtland.

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An artsy shot of a hopper truck in empty west bound coal train 733 through Courtland, AL.

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A BNSF Heritage painted SD70MAC brings up the rear of empty west bound coal train 733 through Courtland, AL.

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A west bound NS train passes the control point Pride on its way towards Memphis, TN. This is just west of the Tuscumbia, AL area.

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A southbound NS train rolls through the Wilson control point and will turn south on the NA/West End District to head towards Birmingham, AL.

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West bound NS train 163 heads through the Norala control point. I had parked the Jeep to get a photo and ended up climbing up an embankment and got it in the photo. One of my favorite shots!

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East bound NS intermodal train 22N prepares to enter the double track at Tuscumbia, AL.

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Our first train of the day, 10/02/2011, was Norfolk Southern Alabama Division local train A12 heading eastward in Courtland, AL with just 8 cars in tow.

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On the way to the Quad-Cities area, we found this NS local power tied up at Robertson Jct, where the spur to the International Paper plant (and a few other customers) joins the Memphis District - East End main line. This is my first time catching a road slug!

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Norfolk Southern loaded coal train 734 rolls through downtown Sheffield, AL on the east bound main. Check out the BNSF Executive SD70MAC in the number two position!

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The DPU pusher on loaded coal train 734 rolls across Atlanta Ave in downtown Sheffield, AL on the east bound main.

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Norfolk Southern intermodal train 22N rolls through downtown Sheffield, AL on the east bound main line towards Sheffield Yard.

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Empty coal train, NS 795, waits its turn to head west at Atlanta Ave in downtown Sheffield, AL.

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The DPU pusher shoves hard on the rear of NS coal train 795. 795 is on the west bound main and the east bound main is in the foreground.

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Our last train of the day 10/02/2011 was my favorite: NS train 17A leaves Sheffield Yard heading west with ex-Conrail/LMS leaders in great light! This is at Wilson, the control point on the western most end of Sheffield Yard.

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We catch NS train 320 as it leaves Sheffield yard to head south/east on the NA/West End District. They are slowly weaving their way through the control point at Wilson, the western most point of Sheffield Yard.

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After leaving Sheffield yard, the NA/West End line turns south and the first control point is Lee. Here train 320 slowly makes it way past Lee headed south (railroad east).

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Coming in to Littleville, AL, the NS 320 climbs a slight grade on the way to the Littleville control point.

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Ducking under a classic Southern signal bridge, NS 320 makes it way through Littleville, AL.

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Next shot is in Phil Campbell, AL as the NS 320 rolls through a large curve near the center of town. This area was hit hard by the tornadoes of April 28, 2011.

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Crossing over its namesake body of water, Bear Creek, AL is the next location where we catch NS train 320.

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Coming in to Haleyville, AL, train 320 struggles up a slight grade and right hand curve.

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