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Happy Birthday to Me – P&W, NECR & FEC

Today was my 39th birthday.  So to celebrate, I took the day off from work.  For the first part of the day I chased Providence & Worcester train NR-2 from Lisbon to Groton, CT.  Then I went home for a while.  Then I decided to head out again, this time with my wife & youngest daughter.  And we headed north to catch the New England Central, and the Florida East Coast.  Yep, that’s not a typo – the FEC.

I headed out a bit early this morning, hoping to catch P&W train NR-2 somewhere north of Norwich.  So not being sure of when they were actually on duty, instead of taking the direct route out to Plainfield, I took the scenic route, heading south to Norwich, before going north on Route 12 towards Plainfield.

By the time I was in the northern reaches of Griswold, and approaching Canterbury, NR-2 headed south out of Plainfield with 2 engines and 3 cars (2 loads and one empty, if you’re curious).  So I turned around and headed back south.  Well, I’ll keep it brief (mostly because I don’t feel like typing too much…), but I bagged NR-2 crossing the Shetucket River on the Lisbon/Nowrich line, in Norwich, at Mill Cove, and finally crossing over to track 4 in Groton, on their way to Tilcon.  Also along the way I caught an Amtrak Acela crossing the Thames River, the cargo ship Saga Journey, a pair of tugs and a USCG rigid hull inflatable all around New London.  Here’s the pix of that – scroll down for part two, in Palmer.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crosses the Shetucket River on the Lisbon/Norwich, CT town line
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crosses the Shetucket River on the Lisbon/Norwich, CT town line
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 crosses the Shetucket River on the Lisbon/Norwich, CT town line

NR-2s trailing power heads from Lisbon to Norwich
NR-2s trailing power heads from Lisbon to Norwich
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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NR-2s trailing power heads from Lisbon to Norwich

NR-2s trailing power heads from Lisbon to Norwich
NR-2s trailing power heads from Lisbon to Norwich
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NR-2s trailing power heads from Lisbon to Norwich

NR-2s trailing power enters Norwich, CT
NR-2s trailing power enters Norwich, CT
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NR-2s trailing power enters Norwich, CT

NR-2 heads south through Norwich, CT
NR-2 heads south through Norwich, CT
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Taken with - Canon EOS 20D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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NR-2 heads south through Norwich, CT

NR-2 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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NR-2 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT

NR-2 skirts along Mill Cove, with the Harvard Boat House in the background
NR-2 skirts along Mill Cove, with the Harvard Boat House in the background
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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NR-2 skirts along Mill Cove, with the Harvard Boat House in the background

NR-2 rolls along Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 rolls along Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT
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Taken with - Canon EOS 20D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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NR-2 rolls along Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT

NR-2s head end rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove
NR-2s head end rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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NR-2s head end rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove

NR-2s trailing power crosses the inlet to Mill Cove
NR-2s trailing power crosses the inlet to Mill Cove
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Taken with - Canon EOS 20D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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NR-2s trailing power crosses the inlet to Mill Cove

The trailing power car of an eastbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River
The trailing power car of an eastbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River
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The trailing power car of an eastbound Amtrak Acela crosses over the Thames River

An eastbound Amtrak Acela heads off of the Thames River drawbridge
An eastbound Amtrak Acela heads off of the Thames River drawbridge
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An eastbound Amtrak Acela heads off of the Thames River drawbridge

The tug Patricia Ann in the Thames River
The tug Patricia Ann in the Thames River
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The tug Patricia Ann in the Thames River

The Saga Journey and the tug Patricia Ann
The Saga Journey and the tug Patricia Ann
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The Saga Journey and the tug Patricia Ann

The tug John Paul, the Saga Journey and the tug Patricia Ann in the Thames River
The tug John Paul, the Saga Journey and the tug Patricia Ann in the Thames River
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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The tug John Paul, the Saga Journey and the tug Patricia Ann in the Thames River

The tug John Paul waits for a drawbridge opening
The tug John Paul waits for a drawbridge opening
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The tug John Paul waits for a drawbridge opening

A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable pulls up to the tug John Paul
A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable pulls up to the tug John Paul
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A US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable pulls up to the tug John Paul

The USCG rigid hull inflatable waits near the tug
The USCG rigid hull inflatable waits near the tug
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The USCG rigid hull inflatable waits near the tug

The Leslie Ann heads north
The Leslie Ann heads north
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The Leslie Ann heads north

The Leslie Ann heads north
The Leslie Ann heads north
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The Leslie Ann heads north

The USCG rigid hull inflatable waits near the tug
The USCG rigid hull inflatable waits near the tug
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The USCG rigid hull inflatable waits near the tug

A pair of US Coast Guard officers exit the tug
A pair of US Coast Guard officers exit the tug
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A pair of US Coast Guard officers exit the tug

With the Coast Guard crew back aboard, the rigid hull inflatable heads off
With the Coast Guard crew back aboard, the rigid hull inflatable heads off
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With the Coast Guard crew back aboard, the rigid hull inflatable heads off

A USCG rigid hull inflatable heads north in the Thames River
A USCG rigid hull inflatable heads north in the Thames River
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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A USCG rigid hull inflatable heads north in the Thames River

NR-2 comes off of the Groton wye, and crosses over to track 4 in Groton, passing an Amtrak crane
NR-2 comes off of the Groton wye, and crosses over to track 4 in Groton, passing an Amtrak crane
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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NR-2 comes off of the Groton wye, and crosses over to track 4 in Groton, passing an Amtrak crane

NR-2 clears the signals in Groton on track 4
NR-2 clears the signals in Groton on track 4
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NR-2 clears the signals in Groton on track 4

With the Amtrak crane in the background, NR-2 heads down track 4
With the Amtrak crane in the background, NR-2 heads down track 4
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With the Amtrak crane in the background, NR-2 heads down track 4

NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton
NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton
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Taken with - Canon EOS 20D Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC
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NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton

NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton
NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton
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NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton

NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton
NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton
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NR-2 heads down track 4 to Tilcon in Groton


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After that, I headed home for a while, and after my wife & youngest daughter got home, we deicded to head out for lunch, and eventually Palmer, MA to see what was going on.  On the way north, at State Line, we caught an NECR ballast extra waiting at the north end of State Line siding.  Aparently they were there to repair a washout in the siding a bit further south.  But the really interesting thing was what was resting in Palmer yard.  The pair of Florida East Coast SD40s that are on loan to the NECR were sitting in the NECR Palmer yard, presumably waiting to head north on train NEMPAST.  So of course I shot the hell out of it.  Also, we caught a NECR switcher working the CSX interchange.

A NECR ballast extra pauses at the State Line siding on the MA/CT state line
A NECR ballast extra pauses at the State Line siding on the MA/CT state line
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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A NECR ballast extra pauses at the State Line siding on the MA/CT state line

A NECR ballast extra pauses at the State Line siding on the MA/CT state line
A NECR ballast extra pauses at the State Line siding on the MA/CT state line
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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A NECR ballast extra pauses at the State Line siding on the MA/CT state line

A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA

A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA

A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Canon 28-135mm IS USM
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A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA

A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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A pair of Florida East Coast SD40s rest at Palmer, MA

A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer
A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer
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A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer

The engineer on the NECR switcher
The engineer on the NECR switcher
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The engineer on the NECR switcher

A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer, MA
A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer, MA
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A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer, MA

A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer, MA
A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer, MA
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Taken with - Canon EOS 40D Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro
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A NECR switch job works the CSX interchange in Palmer, MA

A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA
A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA
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A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA

A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA
A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA
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A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA

A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA
A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA
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A pair of FEC SD40s rest in Palmer, MA

Some NECR workers look at a washout on the State Line siding
Some NECR workers look at a washout on the State Line siding
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Some NECR workers look at a washout on the State Line siding

Another look at a washout on the NECR in Stafford Springs, CT
Another look at a washout on the NECR in Stafford Springs, CT
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Another look at a washout on the NECR in Stafford Springs, CT


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After that, we had to head back to get my oldest daughter off of the bus.  Despite the crappy weather, it was a great birthday.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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