Coal is king in Appalachia! The region's railroads toil with great determination to haul the 'black diamonds' out of the hills. Pentrex visits some of the most inaccessible country east of the Mississippi to share with you the rugged beauty and majesty of this unique landscape. Witness seemingly unending parades of coal trains on CSX's Louisville & Nashville and Chesapeake & Ohio lines, as well as Norfolk Southern rails into eastern Kentucky.
The coal fields have traditionally been the final scene of action for ageing locomotives. The venerable U30Cs of CSX seen here are on the verge of retirement. You'll be surprised to find Santa Fe in Kentucky has leased General Electric C30-7s, some still in their 'Kodachrome' paint schemes, work the coal fields in droves!
Two trains meet and are photographed through the obstacle at the only mainline switchback in the United States, Hagan's Switchback. Beautiful colour graphics explain how trains negotiate the complex trackwork at this locale. Tunnels, high trestles and helpers on heavy coal trains add to the interest on this fascinating visit to the coal fields of eastern Kentucky.
Colour with Stereo Sound and Narration.
Produced by - Pentrex
Running time - 135 Minutes
Format - 16:9 (Colour)
Region Code - 0
ISBN - 1-56342-339-1
Released - 2013