Tracks, bridgework, Acelas and a fishing boat


Another dreary Monday here in southeastern Connecticut. Cloudy, humid and the threat of showers for the entire day. But what the hell, I still went out for my walk this morning. Being a Monday, things didn’t go as planned, but as I usually say – that usually means something better is on tap.

I headed out at my usual time for my walk, and headed for the usual spot of Erickson Park on Mill Cove. I got there, and the scanner was silent. Odd… Well, I got out and did a bit of walking. Still the scanner was silent. Looking to the north, the clouds seemed a bit thinner, so I opted to head a couple miles upriver to Stoddard Cove and check things out there. At the very least I’d get a decent walk out of it. That is, if it doesn’t rain on me in the process.

I got to Stoddard Cove a few minutes later, and parked near the boat launch. Still nothing on the scanner. So I grabbed my camera with only the telephoto on it, and my scanner and headed for the banks of the Thames River. Not much going on, so I took a few pictures around the tracks. First looking north.

A look up the empty tracks
A look up the empty tracks
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Then south, but this time there was a guy walking down the tracks.

Walking down the tracks
Walking down the tracks
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And a Poland Springs bottle caught my eye, so of course it became the subject of the next photo.

Some trash by the tracks
Some trash by the tracks
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With the scanner still silent, I figured I’d head back to the office. Nothing was doing on the P&W – at least I got a walk and a few pictures in.

But on my way south, I stopped by the boat launch under the Gold Star Bridge to check out the progress of the east tower on the Thames River drawbridge. It looked like they got the northern truss mounted. So I grabbed a couple shots of the work area. First a wide shot with a eastbound Amtrak Acela passing over the bridge.

An eastbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River drawbridge as work continues on the east pier of the drawbridge
An eastbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River drawbridge as work continues on the east pier of the drawbridge
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Then a telephoto of the actual north truss

A look at the north side of the new tower for the Thames River drawbridge
A look at the north side of the new tower for the Thames River drawbridge
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And another wide shot, but this time a vertical, and also with a westbound Acela crossing the bridge.

A westbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River drawbridge as work continues on the east pier of the drawbridge
A westbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River drawbridge as work continues on the east pier of the drawbridge
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Then the arrangement of the three bridges caught my eye. So I headed back to the car for the fisheye and got a shot of all three.

A view of three bridges, left to right - The Amtrak Shore Line, Gold Star Bridge northbound (I-95), Gold Star Bridge southbound (I-95)
A view of three bridges, left to right - The Amtrak Shore Line, Gold Star Bridge northbound (I-95), Gold Star Bridge southbound (I-95)
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Not bad, despite the cruddy weather. With the new work done on the bridge, I figured on a couple shots from the south side of the bridge was in order. First a shot nearby.

Steel work continues on the Thames River drawbridge replacement project
Steel work continues on the Thames River drawbridge replacement project
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And a bit further downstream

Steel work continues on the Thames River drawbridge replacement project
Steel work continues on the Thames River drawbridge replacement project
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And a wider shot with the crane, now on the north side of the bridge.

Steel work continues on the Thames River drawbridge replacement project
Steel work continues on the Thames River drawbridge replacement project
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Satisfied with what I shot, I packed the camera away and started up the car. But something else caught my eye – a fishing boat coming north in the river. So I grabbed the camera, and snapped off a couple shots from the driver’s seat of the car.

A fishing boat heads north in the Thames River after a morning on the water
A fishing boat heads north in the Thames River after a morning on the water
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Not a bad way to cap off the morning. Not as planned, but still pretty good.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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