A westward CSX hopper train crosses the New River adding an element of modern railroading to a mountain landscape accentuated by pastel colors of the rising winter sun. CSX's former Chesapeake & Ohio New River Subdivision features two-main tracks that run on opposite banks of the river for 11 miles, from Hawks Nest to Sewell. The pair of modern high-horsepower diesel-electric locomotives are leading 150 empty hoppers back to the West Virginia mines. To balance the exposure of the sky with the shadowy depths of the gorge the photographer employed a graduated neutral density filter. This photo first appeared in Trains magazine in December 2007, and it was subsequently selected as one of the "100 Greatest Railroad Photographs" published in the magazine.