P&W NR-3 way south


Going back in time a bit.  Last Thursday my schedule prevented me from getting out at my usual time to shoot Providence & Worcester train NR-2 on their way south.  But that was a good thing in a way.

How can that be good?  Well, I got a hold of a bit of information a little while after I would have left to catch NR-2.  That information was this – NR-2 wouldn’t be running, and NR-3 was on their way out of Plainfield, and would be heading all the way to Fairview to work Spicer gas – something they don’t normally do.  The stuff south of Dow Chemical and MP5 is NR-2s territory.  OK, since NR-3 was heading this far south, I could work in a couple shots.  A check of a little math, and my schedule, told me I had a window I could head out in and hopefully time it right and catch NR-3 in Ledyard.

So I left when I figured the timing would be right, and I set my sights on Red Top.  I figured with a cloudy day, the shot from the west side of the tracks would work out.  Plus I haven’t shot from around Red Top in a while.

After parking the car in the cul-de-sac, I grabbed my gear and started walking around the Red Top area, determining the shot I wanted.  I figured on a long telephoto shot of the train coming past the station sign, then a going away shot of the train rolling along the causeway to the south.

A couple minutes after picking my spot, the scanner picked up the chirp from NR-3s marker.  That would put them within a couple miles of my position.  A few minutes after that, NR-3s headlight peeked over the crest of the grade to the north.  So I got a quartet of long shots as the train pulled up the grade.

The headlight of Providence & Worcester train NR-3 peeks above the crest of the grade near Hurlbutt Road in Ledyard, CT
The headlight of Providence & Worcester train NR-3 peeks above the crest of the grade near Hurlbutt Road in Ledyard, CT
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NR-3's lead power peeks above the crest of the grade near Hurlbutt Road in Ledyard, as the signal lights up
NR-3's lead power peeks above the crest of the grade near Hurlbutt Road in Ledyard, as the signal lights up
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NR-3 comes into view as the signa near Hurlbutt Road drops to red
NR-3 comes into view as the signa near Hurlbutt Road drops to red
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NR-3 crests the grade in Ledyard
NR-3 crests the grade in Ledyard
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Next was the shot I was aiming for to the north

NR-3 rolls past the Red Top sign in Ledyard, CT
NR-3 rolls past the Red Top sign in Ledyard, CT
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And a quick switch to the wide angle for the train rolling past me

NR-3 heads south through Red Top in Ledyard, CT
NR-3 heads south through Red Top in Ledyard, CT
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Then finally the other angle – along the causeway, from the Thames River side.

NR-3 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
NR-3 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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NR-3 rolls along the Thames River and Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT
NR-3 rolls along the Thames River and Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT
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With the walk back to the car, that gave me enough time to get back to the office.  So I didn’t persue the train any further south.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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