In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve decided to do something a bit different. I’ve put together a poster featuring one of my night shots of the Valley Railroad’s newest addition to their roster – former Knox & Kane Chinese built SY 2-8-2, now dressed up to look like a New Haven J-1, and known as Valley Railroad No. 3025 (class J-1a). The photo was taken on 3025′s first day of revenue service, November 25, 2011, at old Deep River Road in Essex, CT as they pulled one of the evening’s North Pole Express trains.
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The start of January 2013 brought some cold temperatures to Connecticut, and it also brought some vacation time to me. On the third day of the new year – a day that started out with the mercury diving to about 5°F – I decided to head out for some train shooting. And me being the glutton for punishment, I figured my first shot should involve a good 10 minute walk along the Thames River. What the hell, I was on vacation…
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Happy New Year everyone! To kick off 2013 I’m posting the final installment of my 2012 Photo Recap. This edition solely contains my night work on the Valley Railroad as they were running their hugely popular North Pole Express trains in the months of November and December. And to celebrate the new year, I’ve selected 13 photos from the various runs to feature in my final recap post.
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – Valley Railroad Nights
Part four of my five post 2012 photo recap – and this one will cover the last three months of the year. But wait, if this covers the last three months, what will the fifth installment include? If you recall in my first recap post (here), I mentioned the last one will feature my night photos along the Valley Railroad in November and December. But before we get there, here’s my six picks for the final three months of 2012.
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – October to December
And here we are, continuing on with the third of five installments recapping my favorite photos from 2012. My picks for the third quarter of the year include only one from my home state of Connecticut. The rest were taken in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – and two involved heritage units. I guess I gave away one of those shots with this post’s thumbnail to the left. Read on to find out what the other heritage unit is that I photographed – and, no, it’s not a Norfolk Southern unit either.
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – July to September
And we continue on with the 2012 photo recap, with this post moving onto the second quarter of 2012. During this three month span the subjects ranged from the usual railroad photos, to submarines, a new bridge, a locomotive shop and a two-day photo charter. So does that mean I’ll pick more photos? Read on and find out…
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – April to June
I usually do a monolithic recap of the previous year’s photos, but this year I decided to do things a bit differently – I’ll be splitting it up into five posts. My main reasoning behind this is I’ve been a bit, um, behind in posting to the blog here. So to start to make up for that shortcoming, I’ll flood ya with a bunch of photos! The first four posts will feature my favorite photos from each quarter of the year, and the fifth will be dedicated to my recent night photos on the Valley Railroad as they ran their ever-popular North Pole Express trains. For the first post, we’ll cover the first three months of the year – January, February and March 2012.
Continue reading 2012 Photo Recap – January to March
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year and Happy Holidays! We’ll see you next year – which should bring some more posts and tons of photos. Stay tuned!
First off, happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in the US! With a few minutes before we start our festivities for the day, I figured I’d put up a post from over the summer. Yep, another post from the past as I slowly catch up on my photo posts here. Back in August of this year, Jill, the girls and I attended the second day of the Northeast Regional finals of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association in Oneco, CT. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is one of my favorite sports to photograph – an action packed competition done on horseback with riders wielding .45 caliber single action revolvers. The goal is for the rider and horse to navigate a pre-determined course at the fastest possible speed, while shooting the balloons in a specific order with specially loaded blanks.
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This past Sunday we were looking for something to do with the kids. Jill stumbled on the fact that the Big East Women’s soccer playoffs were moved from Storrs to Rentschler Field in East Hartford due to the hurricane, and as a result of the venue move, admission was free. With the final game on Sunday and the girls’ soccer season over, it was a no-brainer that we’d be headed to East Hartford to check out the action on the field. The only down side was that UConn wasn’t in the finals, but that was fine with us. The weather was supposed to be nice, and the girls would enjoy watching soccer instead of playing it, for a change.
Continue reading 2012 Big East Women’s Soccer finals – Georgetown vs. Marquette
Time for part 3 of the Lerro Productions 2012 Valley Railroad photo charter – the final installment. Part 1 (first day with the freight consist) is here, and part 2 (night shoot) is here if you missed those posts. The second day of the charter featured what is more familiar to the rails along the Connecticut River – a passenger consist. Of course, the weather continued to not cooperate with the plans for the day, and got the attendees a bit more damp…OK, damp may not be a strong enough word. Maybe soaking wet… But like the previous day, it led to some more interesting shots that wouldn’t have really been possible on a nice and sunny May day.
Continue reading Valley Railroad Photo Charter – Part 3 of 3