Railfanning The Stevenson/Bridgeport Area

Once again rivals NS and CSX join forces. This time in Stevenson, Alabama. The Nashville to Chattanooga CSX route joins the Memphis to Chattanooga NS route for the 33 mile trip into Chattanooga. Stevenson begins a stretch of double track on the CSX.

The CSX and NS cross the Tennessee river at Bridgeport on CSX trackage. The double track changes to single track here for the trip across the river. There is a nice Spanish mission style depot at Bridgeport as well as a very small CSX yard. The depot appears to be in the process of renovation and should be a great attraction when finished. Both towns make great locations for watching modern day heavy duty railroading.I suspect this area sees over 30 trains a day.

  Useful Scanner Frequencies for The Stevenson/Bridgeport Area

AAR Channel 84 - 161.370 MHz: CSX Road (Channel 1)
AAR Channel 66 - 161.100 MHz: CSX Dispatcher
AAR Channel 56 - 160.950 MHz: NS Road (Channel 1)
AAR Channel 09 - 160.245 MHz: NS Dispatcher to Train (Channel 2)
AAR Channel 66 - 160.830 MHz: NS Train to Dispatcher (Channel 2)
AAR Channel 45 - 160.785 MHz: CSX Yard
AAR Channel 11 - 160.275 MHz: NS PBX
AAR Channel 77 - 161.265 MHz: CSX PBX
AAR Channel 28 - 160.530 MHz: Sequatchie Valley Railroad
For a full list of AAR Channels, see the Railfan Scanner Tips Page

  Latest Additions to The Stevenson/Bridgeport Area Photo Gallery

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Pushing on the rear of Norfolk Southern empty coal train, 737, is a BNSF SD70MAC. A nice change of pace from the usual modern GE units.

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Norfolk Southern empty coal train, 737, rolls off CSX trackage and back on to its own line at Stevenson, AL.

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A northbound CSX train, Q580, rolls over the undulating grades on the CSX Chattanooga Sub. This is in Stevenson, AL.

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Our first photo of the day was CSX train Q127 near Midway between Stevenson and Widows Creek. The crew had their train stopped behind another southbound train waiting to enter Widows Creek yard.

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Sequatchie Valley Railroad owns this ex-Norfolk Southern B23-7. It is shown here resting near the US Gypsum plant in Bridgeport, AL.

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Power from the Sequatchie Valley Railroad rests along the lead in to the US Gypsum in Bridgeport, AL.

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Here is a shot of southbound CSX intermodal train Q127 passing a colorful tree before they pull their train on to the long bridge over the Tennessee River at Bridgeport.

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Here is another shot of southbound CSX intermodal train Q127 as they pull their train on to the long bridge over the Tennessee River at Bridgeport.

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We spotted a string of these loaded AEX hoppers in the CSX yard in Bridgeport. I wonder if these are related to the operations at the US Gypsum plant in Bridgeport.

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Norfolk Southern empty coal train 737 rolls past Nickajack lake as it travels over the CSX Chattanooga Subdivision on it's way to be reloaded.

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Here is the pusher on the rear of Norfolk Southern empty coal train number 737.

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The last train of the day for our trip was CSX Q581. It is shown here heading southbound across Nickajack Lake while a couple fishermen do their best to land that big catch!

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Southbound CSX train Q211-12 rolls back on to double track at James on it's way towards Chattanooga.

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This nicely painted and restored caboose is on display in Bridgeport, AL near the Bridgeport Area Historical Association museum in the old depot. While this cab is lettered for the NC&StL, I think this is actually an ex-SCL M5.

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The owner of the Sequatchie Valley Railroad also owns the Walking Horse and Eastern in Tennessee. Here, a WHOE lettered EMD switcher is shown in the small SQVR yard in South Pittsburg, TN.

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  Latest Additions to The Stevenson/Bridgeport Area Video Clip Gallery

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A northbound CSX train, Q580, rolls over the undulating grades on the CSX Chattanooga Sub. This is in Stevenson, AL.

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Norfolk Southern empty coal train 737 rolls past Nickajack lake as it travels over the CSX Chattanooga Subdivision on it's way to be reloaded.

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We catch northbound CSX train Q676 as they pass through an area the railroaders refer to as Midway.

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We catch northbound CSX train Q582 as they head past the historic depot in Stevenson, AL.

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We catch CSX loaded coal train V232-04 as they roll in to the TVA Widows Creek Fossil Plant. We found out later that V232 had mid-train power - we should have hung around longer!

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