The Return of Ethanol

Starting in 2010, unit trains of ethanol began traversing the Green Mountain Gateway route – a cooperation between three railroads, the Vermont Rail System, New England Central Railroad and the Providence & Worcester Railroad.  The trains were delivered by Canadian Pacific to VTR in Whiethall, New York and made their way over the three roads, […]

A joint Vermont Rail System/New England Central Railroad/Providence & Worcester Railroad ehtanol extra heads south on the NECR through Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

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Gallery Exhibit – Hidden in Plain Sight

I’m pleased to announce that the Oliver O. Jensen Gallery in Essex, Connecticut will be hosting my solo photographic gallery exhibit, titled Hidden in Plain Sight this winter!  The exhibit will feature a number of prints showing the art hidden within the railroad in plain sight.  Please join me at the opening celebration/reception on the […]


Hanging with the Track Gang 2   Recently updated !

There’s lots to do around a tourist railroad to keep things rolling smoothly, both in a mechanical and aesthetic sense.  From carpentry, welding, or painting to brush clearing and trackwork – and all of that takes human effort to accomplish.  The Valley Railroad, based in Essex, Connecticut is no different.  But they have one asset that […]

Brendan beginning to insert a new tie

The 7pm passenger excursion on the Strasburg Rail Road heads back to the station a little before sunset.

Strasburg Rail Road Visit 3

Our family vacation brought us to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this year, and our itinerary included some hiking, Amish culture, brewpubs, pretzels and of course a little touch of railroading.  We spent a day around Strasburg, Pennsylvania visiting both the Strasburg Rail Road, as well as the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania – well, part of it anyway.


2016 Lebanon Country Fair

August usually brings hot and humid weather to southern New England.  Along with that, the month also brings one of the first country fairs of the season – the one in my hometown of Lebanon, Connecticut.  On August 12-14, 2016, the 57th Lebanon Country Fair happened – and that weekend would bring heat indices well over […]

Lebanon Fair Day 1 - Rides

Submarine Veterans salute the USS Springfield's return to her home port of Groton, Connecticut.

Springfield Homecoming 1

The Thames River hosts a variety of marine traffic, including recreational, commercial and military.  The river is home to a few active military related sites including the US Coast Guard Academy and the Electric Boat shipyard, manufacturer of US Navy submarines, but also hosts the US Navy Submarine Base – home port for more than a […]


A Visit to the Essex Shop 4

We’ll go back a couple months for this post – back to the start of June, where I headed over to the Valley Railroad shop in Essex, Connecticut over lunch.  Why would I head there over lunch?  Well, I received word that there was some activity on No. 97 – one of the Valley Railroad’s […]

Chip cuts the firebox side of a superheater tube

Webster, Mass.

A First – NARCOA on the P&W 6

The saying goes, there’s a first for everything.  It can be the first time you use a piece of equipment, in my case the first time I used a new camera body, or the first time photographing a piece of railroad equipment, or even the first time something ran on a decades-long dormant branch line. […]


Summertime inside a teakettle 3   Recently updated !

Weather forecasts were calling for high temperatures approaching the 90s, coupled with fairly high humidity for Saturday July 30, 2016 – a pretty normal occurrence for mid-summer in southern New England.  Instead of seeking out the comfort of an air conditioned space, I headed out to do a little shooting – in an even warmer environment, the cab […]

Valley Railroad fireman Bill F. throws a shovel full of coal onto No. 40's fire as the train was rolling north through Chester, Connecticut

A westbound Norfolk Southern freight passes by Wernersville, PA station.

Quick Keystone State Trip

The first week of May brought me to eastern Pennsylvania for work.  It was only for a couple of days, and the work schedule for the trip would make my shooting time quite a bit more limited than a typical business trip to the area.  But I did manage to get out and photo a few […]