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Out of town, the tracks run through


Bridge No. 10, Red Hill, Hoblitzell, Brackens, Williams Curve, past the old Maxwell brickworks, and on to Fairhope where the grade eases somewhat to 1.40 percent. While only a very small town, Fairhope apparently recognized the val- ue of railfan money and elected to build an observation platform on a sturdy rock face where one can relax and watch or photograph the action as trains ride by


Wills Creek, round a right hand curve, and continue on to Falls Cut Tunnel. Opened in 1897, this short 517-foot bore replaced an open trench that was 300 feet long and 60 feet high but was trou- ble despite thousands of feet of raw tim- ber to shore up the mountain face. Punching out of the west portal, the


tracks ride the never-ending number of curves into Foley and past the location of FO Tower, crossing Wills Creek again


and again. Next is Glencoe, a sleepy village where not much is left after the flood of 1984. The mainline takes a breather in an area called Roddy’s Sag, where for roughly a half mile the track is flat preceded by a downgrade of 1.5 per- cent, then followed by the same amount of incline on the opposite end. Passing the site of Philson’s NA Tower


and going around a right-hand turn, the approach to Mance and the horseshoe curve is in sight. Measuring about 600 yards across, this fascinating part of the railroad was once called Bowman and approaching the curve via Mance Road, you can see the reason. You have to look hard, especially in the summer months, but there on your left is a little cemetery


LEFT: The Salisbury Industrial Track connects to the mainline at Salisbury Junction and is the site for some interesting train movements. Be- cause trains run in reverse all the way to the mine, this caboose is left here so the conduc- tor has a safe place to stand while he protects the back-up move across multiple crossings. BELOW: Falls Cut tunnel is located between two bridges that span Wills Creek and will cross it four more times before arriving in Glencoe. CSX 7352 and his train are making good time heading east towards Fairhope. STAN TRZONIEC PHOTOS


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