One of Clinchfield’s 10 class K-4 2-8-2 Mikados heads a southbound freight near Rocky, North Carolina, circa 1946-47.
Three F7s and a GP7 drift down the Toe River valley with No. 97, a first-class hotshot carrying perishables from Florida, on June 22, 1952.
Floyd A. Bruner
Elderly 2-8-0 Consolidation 312 (Baldwin, 1909) works at Johnson City, Tennessee, in 1950.
Ralph E. Hallock Jr.
In a view from the Southern Railway bridge at Marion, North Carolina, 4-6-6-4 Challenger 652 passes the Clinchfield station with train 92 on March 10, 1946.
Joe H. Bruner
F7 803 and three sisters cross the big bridge over the Catawba River, a mile and a half north of Marion, North Carolina, with train 94 in the 1950s.
Earle M. Walker
On May 30, 1963, GP7s 902 and 905 exit the south portal of 8,200-foot Sandy Ridge Tunnel, longest of the 56 bores on the Clinchfield. The coal train is bound for the yard at Dante, Virginia.
G. J. Mitchell Jr.
Bell ringing and whistle blowing, 2-8-8-2 Mallet 740 eases a southbound coal train into Mead siding near Marion, North Carolina, for a meet with passenger train 37 on March 13, 1947. Just over a month later, engine 740 exploded, killing the engineer and fireman.
Floyd A. Bruner
Just after noon on February 17, 1971, a Clinchfield GP38, a leased Precision Engineering F7, a Clinchfield F7, and a Clinchfield GP7 labors upgrade approaching Vance Tunnel at Altapass, Virginia.
William T. Morgan
An SD40, F7B, SD40, and an F7A team up on a freight heading south at Fordtown, Tennessee, on August 20, 1972.
J. David Ingles
All this month — March 2020 — Classic Trains editors are celebrating the heritage, history, and images of the Clinchfield Railroad.
Please enjoy this photo gallery of images from the David P. Morgan Library archives at Kalmbach Media that include Clinchfield diesel- and steam-powered freight trains through time.