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Uploaded on Feb 5, 2009
Westbound Norfolk Southern train W77 has arrived at Melrose, NC in route to Asheville. The train will be broken into sections for the ascent of the 5.1% grade to Saluda, NC where it will be reassembled and continue west. We ride along in a trailing unit as the 9,000 horsepower consist brings the first cut of 22 cars to the summit. The train will rise over 600' in altitude over a distance of three miles, and three trips will be needed to bring the 56 car train over the mountain.