(Coal) Dust in the Wind

With apologies to the 1970s rock group Kansas, here we have plenty of “coal dust” in the wind!

I caught Norfolk Southern No. 8098, the Conrail heritage unit, leading train 572 on Tuesday afternoon (April 17).

It is shown here passing through a spring-like setting in Hudson, Ohio, on its Conway to Sandusky journey.

I got two shots of the head end and one of the helper set. The crew has to love the sealed cab of that modern unit. I remember piles of coal dust inside the old SD40-2 cabs when I ran them in helper service out east. That was of course before air conditioning was added to them.

Article and Photographs by Roger Durfee

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