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Date: 11/20/22 12:21
Santa Train turns 80.
Author: Asheville_G

Saturday November 19th marked the return of the Santa Train along the former Clinchfield mainline.  After two years of using trucks due to Covid, CSX put on a show with it's B&O inspied F40's.  

Photo #1:  P001-19 crosses the Russel Fork at Pool Point.'

Photo #2:  P001-19 passes under the closed "Coalco loader" near Haysi, VA.

Photo #3:  Santa Train at NE Trammel.








Date: 11/20/22 12:25
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: cozephyr

Great to see the Santa Train is back running the rails on the old Clinchfield main.

Asheville_G Wrote:
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> Saturday November 19th marked the return of the
> Santa Train along the former Clinchfield mainline.
>  After two years of using trucks due to Covid,
> CSX put on a show with it's B&O inspied F40's.  
>
> Photo #1:  P001-19 crosses the Russel Fork at
> Pool Point.'
>
> Photo #2:  P001-19 passes under the closed
> "Coalco loader" near Haysi, VA.
>
> Photo #3:  Santa Train at NE Trammel.



Date: 11/20/22 12:25
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: Asheville_G

Photo #4:  Santa train passing the classic signals at NE Booty.  

Photo #5:  Santa train passing through Fort Blackmore.

Photo #6:  Santa train at Copper Creek.








Date: 11/20/22 12:27
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: Asheville_G

Photo #7:  Santa train crossing US 23 at Clinchport.

Photo #8:  Santa train crossing the Holston river at Kingsport.

Thanks for taking a look.

Grady McKinley
Asheville, NC

 






Date: 11/20/22 12:39
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: jmbreitigan

Very nice photography and locations.



Date: 11/20/22 12:58
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: icancmp193

Very nice. Those F40's are quite sharp!

TJY



Date: 11/20/22 13:01
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: Gonut1

Nice look at some sharp diesels!
Go



Date: 11/20/22 13:35
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: refarkas

Wonderful - Great scenes!
Bob



Date: 11/20/22 14:04
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: ClubCar

What a beautiful looking train looking so much like the old Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Trains that I remember from the good-ole-days.  Thanks for sharing all your photos with us.
John in White Marsh, Maryland



Date: 11/20/22 14:10
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: TomG

Beautiful train and great pictures. Why are they displaying red class lights?

Tom
Weaverville, CA



Date: 11/20/22 14:21
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: King_Coal

Nicely done. Good coverage of the territory.



Date: 11/20/22 15:13
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: perklocal

First Class Coverage !  Nice to see "F" units back on the Clinchfield.



Date: 11/20/22 15:36
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: callum_out

Excellent shots, some real nice composition there!

Out 



Date: 11/20/22 16:54
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: srman

Excellent images and IOTD candidates for sure!



Date: 11/21/22 05:43
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: Juniata

TomG Wrote:
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> Beautiful train and great pictures. Why are they
> displaying red class lights?

Purely speculation but, it is the Santa Train and Santa wears a red suit. Red class lights = Santa.

Great photos at some of my favorite locations!!! I had the privilege of working the Santa Train three times over the years and it was always an absolute blast! Very happy that CSX brought back this longtime tradition!

CW

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Date: 11/21/22 05:59
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: Jimbo

Here is an excellent article from the Bristol Herald Courier on the return of the "Santa Train" on CSX, mostly the former Clinchfield.

Edited to add that you should be able to get one free look.

https://heraldcourier.com/news/local/large-crowds-flock-to-stops-as-santa-train-returns/article_0f4ee0fa-6856-11ed-a95a-a3495423ebac.html

Here is an interesting excerpt:


Many aboard the train noticed her sign, including Joe Hinrichs, the recently named president and CEO of CSX, who made his first trip aboard the Santa Train.

“There’s been a lot of tears shed, but in a positive way. I am so proud of the CSX community, the CSX team and all the other partners who are here with us. I am just so proud of how we can touch people’s lives in a meaningful way during the holiday season,” Hinrichs told members of the news media aboard the train. “It’s great to be back after a couple of years and you can tell — by the crowds we’ve had – that people really appreciate it.”

It’s no coincidence the train announcement in late September coincided with his arrival. Hinrichs said he first learned of the train from employees who spoke lovingly of the train and its impact during dinner the day before he was to be announced as the railroad’s new CEO.




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/22 06:02 by Jimbo.



Date: 11/21/22 06:29
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: RSD5

Great images, every single one of them!

Dave



Date: 11/21/22 06:35
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: PasadenaSub

Great group of photos.  Very sharp F40s in that classic B&O scheme!

Rich



Date: 11/21/22 07:25
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: ironmtn

Beautiful images and fine coverage of an estimable tradition, now back again. The train is so stylish, and the ex-Clinchfield route looks as spectacular as ever. Thanks for your efforts to get those shots, and for taking the time to present them to us. Top-drawer work for a top-shelf operation. Happy Holidays!

MC



Date: 11/21/22 07:30
Re: Santa Train turns 80.
Author: cjvrr

Amazing photos!   Thank you for sharing them.



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