2003 Railroad Photography Weekend
March 28-30, 2003, the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum sponsored a weekend for photographers from around the country to ride, photograph, and explore the Kentucky & Tennessee Railway in the mountains and valleys of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. This area was once the home of the Stearns Coal & Lumber Company and its many coal and logging activities. Our special photo freight operated on all of the useable track between the mill town of Stearns and the coal mine encampment at Blue Heron. Passengers rode in the K&T caboose or on one of the freight cars. All events were based at Barthell, Kentucky. This former Stearns Coal & Lumber Company mining town has been restored by the Koger family. This includes 12 miners cabins, company store #2, a school house, motor house, coal mine, bath house, doctor's office, and a number of support buildings. Our photo weekend started in 70 degree sunshine on Friday and ended in a light snow on Sunday.