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Thurmond, West Virginia

Post by KevinW » Sat Aug 31, 2013 12:56 pm

Went on a little road trip down to the town of Thurmond, West Virginia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurmond,_West_Virginia) on Wednesday to do some railfanning and sight-seeing, and I thought I'd share the videos of the drive down as well as the video I made of the trains passing through the little town.

This first part of this video is part of the trip on US 35 crossing from Ohio into West Virginia, and the rest is from when I was turning from West Virginia Route 34 onto Interstate 64 and then Interstate 77, going through the tolls, and then stopping at the first rest area for lunch.



The second video of the trip is from the rest area into Thurmond. At one point on Thurmond Road, there was a delay due to an RJ Corman crew replacing the retaining wall between the branch and the road. After crossing the RJ Corman tracks a second time, I caught an empty coal train with CSX power heading back to the mine. Unfortunately, I only caught the tail end of the train as I came up to the crossing before Thurmond.



I was a bit confused at the folks at Thurmond as I was trying to pull into the parking lot at the station. They had West Virginia plates on their truck and were stopping me (Ohio plates on my Jeep) for directions. Then the two ladies just stood in front of my Jeep as I was trying to pull in and get off the road.

While at Thurmond, I did catch five trains coming through town, which is a good number since only about 12-14 trains a day go through on CSX.



The guy in the tan shirt during the first train was quite annoying. He came up while the train was going through and asked if I was shooting a video. When I nodded that I was (implying that I didn't want my voice on the video), he just kept talking.

I'd planned on catching Amtrak's westbound Cardinal when it came through at 6:51PM, but it was well after 7PM before the signals lit up for a westbound. By 8PM, a heavy thunderstorm and patchy dense fog began to roll in. I gave up on the Cardinal about 8:20 and got started on the 5-hour drive home. Despite not seeing the Cardinal and the tricky drive back to the interstate with the heavy rain and fog on the narrow and twisty mountain roads, it was a great trip that I'm definitely going to have to do again.

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Re: Thurmond, West Virginia

Post by kathyM » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:38 am

In the second video at the 38 mark where the train is, that road is so narrow! I bet if would be very creepy to drive down it at night, it looks like something out of a horror movie. That is so cool how you were driving so close to the train.

Those train horns are so loud! I think that tan shirt guy just wanted to be in your video. :)

The scenery after the rest area is very impressive.

I like your videos, keep them coming!

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Re: Thurmond, West Virginia

Post by KevinW » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:48 pm

Yeah, Thurmond Road was quite an adventure getting back to the interstate after dark with the weather alternating between rain and heavy fog. One minute I could see the road, and the next was a wall of white. I just took it easy, and I made it back with no trouble though. I'd originally planned on eating dinner once I got through Charleston, but as late as it was getting, I needed to get food in me for energy. Fortunately, the northbound rest stop is a small travel plaza with a Burger King. The large chocolate shake I got helped to keep me awake for the rest of the drive home. :)

I'm definitely going to have to do the trip again. I'm thinking of possibly waiting until sometime in the fall next year when the leaves are turning. That would be a really cool time to go down there through the hills.

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Re: Thurmond, West Virginia

Post by kathyM » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:10 pm

Yes definitely fall would be a good video with the colors.

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