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Steve Ember


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The Tunnel at Harpers Ferry

In the golden sunshine of late afternoon, an eastbound CSX freight disappears into the tunnel at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia after crossing over the Potomac River. It will emerge in Maryland, at Sandy Hook and continue eastward toward Brunswick and Point of Rocks, thence onward either to Baltimore via the Old Main, or Washington via the Metropolitan Branch.

By the way, if the tunnel mouth seems “asymmetrical” as to the right-hand track, not so; for, while the thick late spring foliage is masking it, the Winchester Branch, also crossing the Potomac, but on a different bridge, converges (*) with the high-speed mainline at this point (a bit of it can be seen through a break in the trees at far right).

By the way, anyone else here miss cabooses bringing up the ends of freight trains? ;-)

From a Kodak Gold-200 color negative.

©2017 Steve Ember

A better view of this convergence can be seen in this view from a higher viewpoint.

Convergence, Harpers Ferry
Convergence, Harpers Ferry
Steve Ember

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