Riding with the crew of CSO-4 2


I had the pleasure of riding with the crew of Connecticut Southern Railroad train CSO-4 on Saturday June 23, 2007. In addition to the friendly conversation, often times peppered with gut-wrenching laughter, I took a few photos. OK, it was more than a few – well over 700 in fact… 😀 I did pare it down to about 100 keepers, of which you’ll see a little less than 50. For now… stay tuned for more sometime in the future.

First off, thanks to the guys at the CSOR, including of course the two guys working CSO-4 on Saturday for letting me tag along for the day. It’s always nice getting the view of railroading from the perspective of the employees that get these trains over the road, instead of the typical trackside view.

Quick synopsis of the day – Between Hartford and West Springfield, we encountered a few Amtraks, an eastbound CSX stack train, a northbound PanAm freight (PLED if you’re curious), four railfans, one of which I recognized (hi Tom!), and some downright gorgeous weather.

OK, enough blabbing – here’s the goods.

Mickey throws a switch in Hartford yard, backlit by the early morning sunshine
Mickey throws a switch in Hartford yard, backlit by the early morning sunshine
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Mickey throws a switch in Hartford yard, backlit by the early morning sunshine

Heading across the Connecticut River from East Hartford to Hartford
Heading across the Connecticut River from East Hartford to Hartford
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Heading across the Connecticut River from East Hartford to Hartford

A view of the Hartford skyline from the bridge
A view of the Hartford skyline from the bridge
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A view of the Hartford skyline from the bridge

A southbound Amtrak Shuttle passes by as CSO-4 works Hartford yard
A southbound Amtrak Shuttle passes by as CSO-4 works Hartford yard
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Taken with - Canon EOS 20D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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A southbound Amtrak Shuttle passes by as CSO-4 works Hartford yard

A look back at CSO-4s train in Hartford yard
A look back at CSO-4s train in Hartford yard
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A look back at CSO-4s train in Hartford yard

Allan at the throttle in Hartford yard
Allan at the throttle in Hartford yard
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Allan at the throttle in Hartford yard

A self portrait in Hartford
A self portrait in Hartford
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A self portrait in Hartford

Mickey and Steve give the passing southbound Amtrak a wave
Mickey and Steve give the passing southbound Amtrak a wave
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Mickey and Steve give the passing southbound Amtrak a wave

The southbound Amtrak passes Fishfry Street
The southbound Amtrak passes Fishfry Street
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The southbound Amtrak passes Fishfry Street

Got clearance from the Amtrak dispatcher to open up at FRY and head north.  Mickey & Steve wait for Allan to bring the train north.
Got clearance from the Amtrak dispatcher to open up at FRY and head north. Mickey & Steve wait for Allan to bring the train north.
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Got clearance from the Amtrak dispatcher to open up at FRY and head north. Mickey & Steve wait for Allan to bring the train north.

Crossing over the Farmington River in Windsor
Crossing over the Farmington River in Windsor
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Crossing over the Farmington River in Windsor

A view of Windsor Locks, CT
A view of Windsor Locks, CT
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A view of Windsor Locks, CT

Notching up after the speed restriction
Notching up after the speed restriction
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Notching up after the speed restriction

A look out over the Connecticut River between Windsor Locks and Enfield, CT
A look out over the Connecticut River between Windsor Locks and Enfield, CT
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A look out over the Connecticut River between Windsor Locks and Enfield, CT

A US Flag on the way into Springfield, MA
A US Flag on the way into Springfield, MA
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A US Flag on the way into Springfield, MA

Approaching the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA
Approaching the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA
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Approaching the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA

A couple waves to us passing below them
A couple waves to us passing below them
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A couple waves to us passing below them

Looking east on the CSX Boston Line east of Springfield station
Looking east on the CSX Boston Line east of Springfield station
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Looking east on the CSX Boston Line east of Springfield station

Crossing the Connecticut River between Springfield and West Springfield, MA
Crossing the Connecticut River between Springfield and West Springfield, MA
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Crossing the Connecticut River between Springfield and West Springfield, MA

Passing the CP-99 signals in CSX's West Springfield yard
Passing the CP-99 signals in CSX's West Springfield yard
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Passing the CP-99 signals in CSX's West Springfield yard

A view of the long hood of one of the CSOR locomotives
A view of the long hood of one of the CSOR locomotives
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A view of the long hood of one of the CSOR locomotives

Pulling past the US flag waving in the breeze at the center of the West Springfield Yard
Pulling past the US flag waving in the breeze at the center of the West Springfield Yard
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Pulling past the US flag waving in the breeze at the center of the West Springfield Yard

Detail view of the rear headlight on CEFX #3719
Detail view of the rear headlight on CEFX #3719
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Detail view of the rear headlight on CEFX #3719

Allan releases the hand brake on a CSO locomotive on Upper 18 in West Springfield
Allan releases the hand brake on a CSO locomotive on Upper 18 in West Springfield
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Allan releases the hand brake on a CSO locomotive on Upper 18 in West Springfield

About to pull one of the engines out of Upper 18 to retrieve the CEFX SD-40 from CSO-4s train
About to pull one of the engines out of Upper 18 to retrieve the CEFX SD-40 from CSO-4s train
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About to pull one of the engines out of Upper 18 to retrieve the CEFX SD-40 from CSO-4s train

A railfan photographs the action in West Springfield
A railfan photographs the action in West Springfield
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A railfan photographs the action in West Springfield

Checking to make sure he got the shot
Checking to make sure he got the shot
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Checking to make sure he got the shot

Mickey waits for the SD-40 to be pulled from the consist
Mickey waits for the SD-40 to be pulled from the consist
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Mickey waits for the SD-40 to be pulled from the consist

Pulling away from the consist
Pulling away from the consist
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Pulling away from the consist

The derail on Upper 18
The derail on Upper 18
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The derail on Upper 18

Railfans photographing the action
Railfans photographing the action
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Railfans photographing the action

Allan begins the shutdown of the 8565 after pulling the SD40 from the consist of CSO-4
Allan begins the shutdown of the 8565 after pulling the SD40 from the consist of CSO-4
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Allan begins the shutdown of the 8565 after pulling the SD40 from the consist of CSO-4

Railfans watching the action
Railfans watching the action
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Railfans watching the action

An eastbound CSX stack train enters the yard
An eastbound CSX stack train enters the yard
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An eastbound CSX stack train enters the yard

The eastbound CSX stack train passes CSO-4
The eastbound CSX stack train passes CSO-4
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The eastbound CSX stack train passes CSO-4

Heading over the Connecticut River into Springfield
Heading over the Connecticut River into Springfield
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Heading over the Connecticut River into Springfield

Waiting at Springfield station, with a nice view of the former New Haven tower
Waiting at Springfield station, with a nice view of the former New Haven tower
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Waiting at Springfield station, with a nice view of the former New Haven tower

A pair of railfans (Tom [L], Chris [R]) photograph CSO-4 in Springfield station.
A pair of railfans (Tom [L], Chris [R]) photograph CSO-4 in Springfield station.
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A pair of railfans (Tom [L], Chris [R]) photograph CSO-4 in Springfield station.

Amtrak heads for the station
Amtrak heads for the station
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Amtrak heads for the station

Tom & Chris watch CSO-4 head for the Amtrak Springfield line
Tom & Chris watch CSO-4 head for the Amtrak Springfield line
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Tom & Chris watch CSO-4 head for the Amtrak Springfield line

A look back at the I-91 overpass
A look back at the I-91 overpass
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A look back at the I-91 overpass

Heading for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield
Heading for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield
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Heading for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield

A rolling meet in Windsor with PanAm Railway's train PLED (PLainville, CT to East Deerfield, MA)
A rolling meet in Windsor with PanAm Railway's train PLED (PLainville, CT to East Deerfield, MA)
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A rolling meet in Windsor with PanAm Railway's train PLED (PLainville, CT to East Deerfield, MA)

A boat on the Farmington River
A boat on the Farmington River
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A boat on the Farmington River

Allan prepares to throw the switch at FRY to enter the Hartford yard
Allan prepares to throw the switch at FRY to enter the Hartford yard
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Allan prepares to throw the switch at FRY to enter the Hartford yard

Allan throwing the switch at FRY
Allan throwing the switch at FRY
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Allan throwing the switch at FRY

Starting out the day in East Hartford
Starting out the day in East Hartford
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Taken with - Canon EOS 20D Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye
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Starting out the day in East Hartford


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