Railfanning The Hartselle/Cullman Area

The CSX has a passing siding and a few local industries at Hartselle, AL. There is a nice area for train-watching in downtown Hartselle complete with a well restored depot and freight station. These make a nice backdrop for photographing the CSX here. The depot was built in 1914 and was donated to the city after passenger service ceased in the late 1960's and was nicely restored in 1976. The freight station is also restored and now houses a variety of specialty shops.

Cullman, AL is also home to a well restored depot. Cullman also serves as a base for track crews and a local freight, M788, is dispatched out of Cullman to work points north including Hartselle. There are many trackside industries at Cullman and several sidings which serve as a small yard. The many overpasses make for some good photo opportunities. A recent development in the area is that CSX has double-tracked the area from south of Falkville over Sand Mountain. A new helper pocket was built at the beginning of the double track to stage a pusher for helping trains over the mountain. The helper is usually a single Dash8-40CW. I will post some pictures from this area as soon as I can get some so stay tuned!

  Useful Scanner Frequencies for The Hartselle/Cullman Area

AAR Channel 84 - 161.370 CSX Road
AAR Channel 94 - 161.520 CSX Dispatcher (old)
AAR Channel 20 - 160.410 CSX Dispatcher (new)
AAR Channel 77 - 161.265 CSX PBX Falkville and Tanner
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It's getting dark as a north bound CSX coal train blows through Hayden, AL.

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CSX auto-rack train Q282 heads north over Arkadelphia Road in Hanceville, AL with a pair of standard cabs GEs in the lead, a rare sight nowadays!

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Here is a going away shot of Q647-30 that shows the grade at Vinemont, AL. The crest of the grade lays just out of view and the pusher will drop off once the train gets over the top of the grade.

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Southbound CSX train Q647-30 is seen here at Vinemont, AL struggling up the grade that the railroad refers to as Sand Mountain. There is a single pusher on the rear to help the train.

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Southbound CSX train Q647-30 pulls out of the siding at Hartselle, AL and heads south toward Birmingham.

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A north bound CSX train passes the North Hanceville control point and searchlight signals. Check out the older concrete equipment box at the CP!

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Southbound CSX coal train T101 gets ready to pass the north end of Hanceville siding in Hanceville, AL.

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Northbound CSX train Q282 rolls north between the switches at Hanceville siding near Hanceville, AL.

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Northbound CSX train Q282 rolls north through Hanceville, AL over County Road 91.

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Our last train of the weekend is southbound Q647 in Hartselle, AL. He snuck up us and there wasn't time to get on the proper side. He was really booking when he blasted through Hartselle!

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CSX light engine move X074 makes a short and sweet trip through Hanceville, AL.

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Southbound CSX train Q575 heads through Cullman, AL past the nicely restored L&N depot.

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A northbound CSX train rolls north on the double track at Middle Holmes Gap north of Cullman, AL.

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A northbound CSX grain train, G411, rolls through Hanceville, AL with a single ex-Conrail unit on the point.

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A northbound CSX coal train, T101, blasts through "downtown" Hanceville, AL on the S&NA North Subdivision. It is seen here passing the signals at the north end of Hanceville siding.

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On the way home from a meeting of the Mid-South Railway & Locomotive Historical Society in Leeds, AL, we catch this CSX coal train headed north in Hayden, AL in the last light of the day. 11/03/2012

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Northbound CSX auto-rack train Q282 rolls over Arkadelphia Rd in Hanceville, AL. Sorry for the wind noise on this one. I am hoping to get an external microphone in the near future. December 31, 2011.

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CSX Q647-30 grinds up the grade at Vinemont, AL with a single pusher locomotive on the rear. Watch for the very ending of the video where the pusher drops off. If this train had been a little shorter, we would have caught the pusher dropping off on the fly.

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Southbound CSX train Q575 heads through Cullman, AL past the nicely restore L&N depot.

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A northbound CSX coal train, T101, blasts through "downtown" Hanceville, AL on the S&NA North Subdivision. Check out the older concrete signal bungalow!

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