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Crossing New River
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.
Alternate Title Eastward Coal Train Crossing New River (editor's title)
Source Kevin Scanlon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coverage Spatial, Hawks Nest, West Virginia; Temporal, October 21, 1999
Rights Kevin Scanlon
Date Created 1999-10-21
Resource Type
Extent 35mm
Depicted Railroad
Location Hawks Nest, West Virginia
Equipment, Locomotive AC4400
Builder, locomotive General Electric Company
Creator Description Kevin Scanlon was born in Pittsburgh and has spent the last 35 years documenting heavy industry and railroads across the country. He is drawn to subjects such as steel mills (both working and abandoned), the coalfields of southern West Virginia, and the American railway system, focusing primarily on railroads in Appalachia. His images capture an important historical era that spans the end of the twentieth century into the new millennium. Kevin Scanlon´┐Żs photographs have been displayed at several art museums and galleries as well as appearing in various railroad-themed books and magazines, and on the covers of the literary journal Paper Street.
Collection Kevin Scanlon Collection
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