Below is a unit coal train coming
down to Saluda, NC from Asheville, NC. This train will go down the
mountain as one unit. There is a mandatory stop at stop board No.
2 to charge all air cylinders and to walk and inspect the entire length
of the train.
Also you will find that there are two engines at the
rear of the train that will help push the train over the "hump" at
Saluda while the front three engines will be in dynamic braking as it
starts down. Once the train is 3/4 of the way over the Saluda Hump
the rear engines will ease back into dynamic braking.
The train is
approx. one mile long with about 125 coal cars each and will have
reached the car tunnel 1/2 way down the grade to Melrose Switch.
Max speed these trains are allowed is 8 MPH.
NO BUTS! It's 8 MPH