The Clinchfield railroad is a bridge road, like the RF&P, between the North and South, with no yards or interchanges to mark the beginning or end. Railroads on either end would shuttle cars from one yard to the other. Through trains did not occur regularly until the merger of Seaboard and Chessie into CSX. This SD45-2 now rests in the Elk Yard on the C&O in 1988.


This powerful SD45-2, without the trademark flared radiators of the earlier SD45's, performs switching duties in Elk Yard before going back on the road. All of the SD45-2's have since been sold and some have been leased back to CSX through Helm Leasing.


The railroad began as the Clinchfield, Carolina & Ohio but just before reaching the Ohio river in eastern Kentucky the railroad fell on hard times and sold the northern end to the B&O which later turned over control to the C&O. This wood caboose on display trackside near the Loops in North Carolina shows its history.


After the creation of Family Lines, which was controled by Seaboard Coast Line which was in turn controled by the C&O, many of the cars and engines were repainted but retained their identities.