No, I’m not going to bore you with a philosophical diatribe about my reflections about railroading and more specifically the Providence & Worcester railroad. But rather I’m going to be a bit more literal here – Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT was quite calm and gave up some very nice reflections of P&W train NR-2 as they rolled along the causeway between the cove and the Thames River. And as for part two of the title, you’ll just have to read on…
I got out for my walk this morning a bit later than usual, and with no scanner chatter, I took a chance and headed for Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT to try to catch P&W train NR-2. As I got to the bottom of Long Cove Road, the body of water greeted me with a very smooth surface, just begging for a train to come along so it could return a a nice reflection. A look at the trees told me that I might get my wish – there was hardly a breath of air moving, which meant the glass-like water would remain that way for a bit. Well, at least until the sun got a bit higher and triggered some convection.
So I pulled into the parking lot at Erickson Park, grabbed my scanner and began my usual walk around the park. Not more than a couple minutes into my walk the scanner began talking – NR2 was reporting to the Worcester dispatcher that they were south of MP5! Holy crap, they were right on top of me! So a quick sprint back to the car, and a quick ride to the south got me to my spot just as NR-2 was sounding for the crossing at Red Top. I grabbed the camera, and ran up the hillside to get a better angle. I got into position just in time to meter the scene, make a quick exposure adjustment, and begin shooting NR-2 hitting the causeway.
Then a shot with the entire train visible, and an ever so subtle ripple on the water
Next up was a trio of shots, that get progressively wider as the train continues south
And a staple of mine – a shot of the power crossing the inlet bridge, giving an nice reflection in the south end of the cove.
That was followed by a couple shots of the trailing power. First was a tight telephoto of the trailing power, and the P&W “supergon”
And another of the trailing unit crossing the inlet at the south end of the cove
From there, I made my usual move to the south of the Thames River drawbridge. I stopped at the first spot closest to the bridge and got a telephoto shot of the concrete work continuing on the west pier
Then a shot of the east tower nearing completion
Next the fisheye was put on for a wide shot getting the entire bridge in the frame
And back goes the telephoto for a horizontal shot of the concrete work
Then a fishing boat caught my eye. He crossed under the Gold Star then the Amtrak bridge, and began to circle around a buoy, then grabbing it to hoist whatever was below into the boat.
As they were doing that, I heard a familiar rumble – Amtrak train 171 was moving onto the bridge from the Groton side of the Thames. So the natural shot was one of 171 and the fishing boat
A closer look at the guys in the fishing boat still didn’t give me a clue as to what they were doing. But it looked like they were cleaning off the line below the buoy.
NR-2 still wasn’t moving, so I decided to head to the next overlook just to the south. As I climbed in the car, the P&W channel woke up with a “here we go” call. Of course, as I’m on my way out, they start moving. But I got lucky, the engineer asked the rear unit to give him a push – that should give me enough time to head downriver a bit to the next spot.
I got there as NR-2 was making their way past the signal, so I got a shot of the tower from this more southerly angle
Then NR-2 headed onto the bridge
And past the ongoing work
Of course, I had to work the fishing boat into this shot too
And one final shot of the trailing power heading for the work area
It was time for me to pack up and head back to the office for the rest of the day.
Thanks for looking!