The Virginia Creeper was a short-line train that ran seventy-five miles from Abington, Virginia to Elkland, now known as Todd. It was in operation from 1900 to 1977. The train was nicknamed the Creeper because mountain terrain limited its maximum speed to twenty-five miles an hour. Ashe County artist Stephen Shoemaker has fond memories of the train as it passed through his hometown of West Jefferson. He is currently painting a series of eight pictures based on the train. Shoemaker discusses his work and other paintings and what drew him to the series of train paintings.