Named for the 23 tunnels that once embellished the line, the Rathole stretches between Danville, Kentucky and Oakdale Tennessee. High bridges, deep cuts, tunnels, and grades cover this vital link in Norfolk Southern’s system. Pentrex visited this rebuilt route in October 1995 when fall foliage and clear blue skies framed NS’s glossy black diesels in a dramatic show. Two different looks at railroading through the Rathole have been combined on this exciting DVD for your enjoyment. On one DVD you get:
Norfolk Southern diesels put on amazing shows as they pull heavy tonnage across the Second District of the CNO&TP. Up to forty trains utilize the track each day! Our tour includes Kings Mountain, Burnside Bridge, the deep cuts south of Tateville, the tunnels at Nemo, and the famous high bridge across the New River. Informative narration identifies all the trains by number, and gives you the detailed story of this fascinating line.
Through the Rathole Cab Ride:
Ride at the head of Triple Crown #252 in the cab of GP60 number 7149 and experience the 138-mile line from the crew’s perspective. Traveling from Emory Gap, Tennessee to Danville, Kentucky, you’ll see the tunnels at Nemo, the high bridges across the New and Cumberland Rivers, and the deep cuts that gave the Rathole its name. The high priority Triple Crown passes 15 other trains during our ride. When our train starts back up after stopping to allow a hot piggyback to pass, the engineer struggles to get the train up the grade as the single engine slips its wheels and nearly stalls!