The Chessie Steam Special
In stark contrast to today's steam-adverse CSX, predecessor Chessie System embraced steam in a big way, to the extent of sponsoring a special excursion train which roamed the entire system for a number of years. Here the Chessie Steam Special ascends 17-Mile Grade west out of Cumberland, MD on a gloomy day in August 1978.
The special is pulled by former Reading Railroad T-1 2101. While the 2101 currently resides in rather poor condition at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, not one but two sister locomotives are currently undergoing rebuilds in preparation for a return to service: 2012 on the Reading and Northern in Pennsylvania, and 2100 in Ohio.