Ahhh, the last one and I’m caught up. This one is from last week, when I got out after a fresh snowfall. I decided to mix things up a bit, and not only shoot at a spot where I haven’t been in a while, but also shoot from the “wrong” side of the tracks. It’ll be a quickie – only a couple shots, but I think they turned out rather well.
Last Wednesday I was able to get out well ahead of Providence & Worcester train NR-2, and head up to a spot I used to frequent – Stoddard Hill State Park near the Ledyard/Preston town line. As I was driving up Route 12, I heard the call over the scanner that NR-2 was south of MP12 and about 15 minutes out of the Sub Base. OK, since I was within a half mile or so of Stoddard Hill, I figured I could make it out there, park the truck, and hike out to the south side of the cove for a shot or two – the train was a good 4 or so miles away, so it would be close, but doable.
I got to Stoddard, parked the truck, grabbed my gear – the 40D with the telephoto, and the 20D with the wide angle – and made my way to the tracks. As I started walking south, I heard a marker chirp on the scanner – which typically meant they were within a mile or two. A glimpse to the north confirmed that – I saw NR-2s headlights north of the Mohegan Pequot bridge. Should work out nicely.
I got into position, and had originally planned on a shot on the eastern side of the tracks – the side that’s closest to the cove, and also on the sunlit side. But a quick look around, and I decided at the last minute – just as the train was approaching Poquetanuck Cove a half mile or so to the north – to switch to the shadow side of the tracks. Hey, it was worth a shot…
A few moments later, NR-2 rounded the bend to the north of me, and popped into the sunlight, all the time blowing the fresh snow off the tracks.
Then a quick switch to the wide angle to get the train rolling past me, with the snowy Stoddard Hill in the background
As fast as it came into view, it was around the bend, and out of sight south of MP7. So I hiked back to the truck, and headed back to the office. A nice brisk walk, with a couple keepers to boot!
Thanks for looking!