(Standard DVD) American Railway: Vol 24 - The Pokey

(Standard DVD) American Railway: Vol 24 - The Pokey

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Run-time: 1 h 43 mins

A look at the Norfolk South Pocahontas District in May 2017.

This adventure explores the Norfolk Southern main through their Pocahontas/Williamson Districts. When under Norfolk & Western ownership, previously, the whole line was their Pocahontas District, and it became
known affectionately as The Pokey. The line is located just inside the southern section of the Appalachian Mountains, running west through the Ridge & Valley region to the Appalachian Plateaus, and never far from the southern border of West Virginia.

Leaving Bluefield, the line dips into Virginia through Falls Mills then continues northwest traversing many picturesque locations such as Northfork, Eckman, Big Four, Welch, Tug, Farm and Laeger, before running next to the Kentucky border through Matewan to Williamson.

Filming on this twisting route with steep grades was in May 2017, with weather varying from glorious sunshine to torrential rain. Fourteen Norfolk Southern locomotive models are witnessed plus occasional visitors from CSX, Union Pacific, and Canadian Pacific.

Most scenes feature 2 or even 3-camera action sequences, offering more varied and additional views of the passing trains.