A northbound Pennsylvania Railroad coal train powered by the hulk of an I–1–class 2–10–0 leaves a trail of soft coal smoke over the north–central Pennsylvania landscape as it heads toward Sodus Point, New York, on the Elmira Branch. This picturesque rural line, unlike the heavily industrialized areas usually associated with PRR routes, carried Appalachian bituminous coal to the gravity loading dock on the south shore of Lake Ontario. There, cars were pushed out on a pier extending into the lake and coal was dumped directly into the holds of waiting boats.
Pennsylvania Railroad, Decapod, Elmira Branch , 1957
h = 50 in
archival pigment print