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Empty CSX Hopper Train in the New River Gorge at Dawn (editor's title)

Winter sunrise over the New River Gorge
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.
Source Scott Lothes, Corvallis, Oregon
Coverage Spatial, Hawks Nest, West Virginia; Temporal, January 2005
Rights Scott Lothes
Date Created 2005-01-24
Resource Type
Extent 6.3 megapixel RAW file
Depicted Railroad
Location Hawks Nest, West Virginia
Equipment, Locomotive SD70ACs
Builder, locomotive General Motors, Electro-Motive Division
Creator Description Scott Lothes grew up in West Virginia and Ohio, and has a bachelorís degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for three years as the assistant editor of an engineering magazine, and then spent two years living, traveling, and teaching English in Asia. He won the 2003 Trains magazine photography contest and was co-winner of the Center's 2006 Creative Photography Award. Lothes has been studying railroads in literature for several years, and hopes to continue those studies in graduate school.
Collection Scott Lothes Collection
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