P&W and a couple boats


Another nice blue sky day today, one I had to take advantage of.  So I headed out for my walk this morning, hoping to catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 in Ledyard.  I did bag them, along with a couple things floating on the water – one with NR-2, and one when I went out for lunch.

This morning, I headed to my usual spot in Ledyard – Erickson Park and Mill Cove.  I got there a few minutes before NR-2.  So I picked my spot at the south end of the cove just as I heard a chirp on the scanner – they weren’t that far off.

A few moments later, NR-2 started sounding for the crossing at Red Top, and came into view.  Boy was it a huge train – all of one car!  That’s OK – I still shot it as it rolled along the cove.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2, with one car in tow, heads onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2, with one car in tow, heads onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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NR-2 heads south along Mill Cove with the Harvard Boat House in the background
NR-2 heads south along Mill Cove with the Harvard Boat House in the background
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NR-2 rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove
NR-2 rolls over the inlet to Mill Cove
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And I just made it to my spot south of the Thames River drawbridge to catch them crossing the river.  But as a bonus, one of the Sub Base Police boats was leaving the fuel dock as NR-2 was rolling over the River.  Note the machine gun on the bow…

NR-2 rolls across the Thames River drawbridge as a US Navy Sub Base police boat heads across the Thames
NR-2 rolls across the Thames River drawbridge as a US Navy Sub Base police boat heads across the Thames
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NR-2 heading west across the Thames River as a Sub Base police boat heads for the channel
NR-2 heading west across the Thames River as a Sub Base police boat heads for the channel
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NR-2 crosses the Thames River drawbridge as the Sub Base police follow slowly
NR-2 crosses the Thames River drawbridge as the Sub Base police follow slowly
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And the 12 axle train crossed into New London, and continued west, as I headed back to the office.

But that’s not the end of it all.   I headed out for lunch, and after I got it, I took a ride by the Thames River.  No, I didn’t catch a train, but rather a Los Angeles class sub heading out of the Sub Base – not sure which boat it was though.  So I got a few shots of her heading south towards the open sea.

A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads south out of the US Navy Sub Base in Groton, CT
A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads south out of the US Navy Sub Base in Groton, 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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A Los Angeles class fast attack submarine heads south out of the US Navy Sub Base in Groton, CT

A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River
A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River
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A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River

A Los Angeles class fast attack sub heads south through the Thames River drawbridge
A Los Angeles class fast attack sub heads south through the Thames River drawbridge
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A Los Angeles class fast attack sub heads south through the Thames River drawbridge

A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River, clearing the Thames River drawbridge
A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River, clearing the Thames River drawbridge
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A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River, clearing the Thames River drawbridge

The crew of a 688 class fast attack sub heads south on the Thames River
The crew of a 688 class fast attack sub heads south on the Thames River
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The crew of a 688 class fast attack sub heads south on the Thames River

A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River
A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River
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A Los Angeles class sub heads south in the Thames River


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With the shots of the 688I class sub in the bag, I headed to the office for the remainder of the day.  Not a bad day overall.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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