Eastward CSX coal train crossing the New River at Hawks Nest, West Virginia, in October 1999. Just downstream is the Hawks Nest Dam, completed in the 1930s to supply power for downriver industries. Drilling through the sandstone mountain cost hundreds of workers their lives as they developed silicosis from the dry drilling process. Predecessor Chesapeake & Ohio Railway called this location MacDougal, and the signals at the end of the bridge are still referred to as MA Cabin. The railroad completed the main line through the New River Gorge in 1873, driving a golden spike very near this location.