Today, we returned to North Carolina. We pulled off in Canton, NC after traversing the 30 miles of curves down at the TN/NC line on I-40. After grabbing some lunch, I decided to investigate the operations at the Evergreen paper mill. It was quite evident there were in full work mode today as smoke billowed over the horizon a mile down the road.
This is the first time I have checked out the area. I knew about it due to my friend Marcus exploring the area recently and posting photos of Norfolk Southern's last operations there earlier in 2014.
The area is now worked by the Blue Ridge Southern Railroad. The railroad is Class III shortline that operates in Western North Carolina. I really like the color paint scheme as it reminds me of the old Clinchfield locomotives.
You can read more about the railroad on Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ridge_Southern_Railroad
Here are some photos I took today 12/31/14.