Another picture of the Southern Coal Corporation company town at Bradshaw, McDowell County, WV. Did these people ever get used to living that close to the train? In the summer, with the windows open, the screeching wheels, rattling couplings, and horns would have been constant sounds coming right into the house. (1940's image from "A Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry" via the National Archives)
Abandoned Railroad Tunnel...Tunnel #19 which sits abandoned outside of Cairo West Virginia. The old tunnel was part of a 72 mile track built by the B & O Railroad in the 1850s. Now part of the North Bend Rail Trail, this and two other abandoned tunnels, along with 10 other accessable tunnels, make up a magnificent trail from Parkersburg to Clarksburg that has no more than a 3% grade.