W455, 8008 is a class SD40-2 and  is pictured in Loyall, Kentucky, USA.  This was taken along the Cumberland Valley Subdivision on the CSX Transportation. Photo Copyright: Micah  Turner uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 08/11/2023. This photograph of W455, 8008 was taken on Friday, August 14, 2020. All Rights Reserved.
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Back To The Basics

By: Micah Turner


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Back To The Basics - One lucky evening in my early years of photography, I stumbled upon a rare find on the CV. In a world among Gevo’s, an Ex-L&N SD40-2 found its way back to trackage that chances are it had hauled coal on many decades before. My presumption is that it came from Kingsport on its MOW train; inexperienced me at the time wasn’t aware how rare it was to see one of these powerhouses on this coal sub. Of all things, I shot on an Apple IPad at the time; probably the best photo I ever took on it.


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CSX Transportation

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SD40-2

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W455, 8008

Line/Subdivision

Cumberland Valley Subdivision

Location

Loyall, Kentucky, USA

Date Taken

August 14, 2020

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August 11, 2023

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Description

Back To The Basics - One lucky evening in my early years of photography, I stumbled upon a rare find on the CV. In a world among Gevo’s, an Ex-L&N SD40-2 found its way back to trackage that chances are it had hauled coal on many decades before. My presumption is that it came from Kingsport on its MOW train; inexperienced me at the time wasn’t aware how rare it was to see one of these powerhouses on this coal sub. Of all things, I shot on an Apple IPad at the time; probably the best photo I ever took on it.


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— Micah Turner

Micah Turner is a photographer, videographer and author from Eastern Kentucky. He owns and operates Micah Turner Photography, as well as a YouTube media outlet titled RailfanMicahTurner, which both captures hidden arts of Eastern Kentucky’s beautiful landscape and wildlife, as well as their coal heritage. His first book, titled “Down The Mine,” follows a local mine disaster and the recovery efforts that followed. Written to bring light upon a well forgotten disaster, the book has sold over 850 copies worldwide, with purchases seen in 6 different countries. Following the success of “Down The Mine,” he recently released his second book, titled “Over The Gravels We Travel,” which follows his grandfathers life from 1940 to present through his stories and highlights Appalachian Culture at its finest. His goal is to document the rarely seen trackage of Eastern Kentucky’s Cumberland Valley Subdivision.

Photo Blurb

W455, 8008 is a class SD40-2 and is pictured in Loyall, Kentucky, USA. This was taken along the Cumberland Valley Subdivision on the CSX Transportation. Photo Copyright: Micah Turner uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 08/11/2023. This photograph of W455, 8008 was taken on Friday, August 14, 2020. All Rights Reserved.


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