Late + Early = On Time x 2


Yesterday I was running a little late in getting out of the house, so I didn’t get on the road at my usual time.  But like usual, I had my scanner on during the 40+ mile commute to the office.  That told me a couple things – first that New Engalnd Central train NERWNE (AKA 608) was on time leaving Montville, and second Providence & Worcester train NR-2 was early in leaving Plainfield.  OK, maybe I could get both trains on my way in.  So the scenic route was in order…

I figured with the way NR-2 was traveling, I could make it to Stoddard Cove and get a couple shots of them heading south there.  Just as I parked the car, I glanced across the River to the NECR side and I saw some empty centerbeam flats slipping into the woods.  Hmmm, I guess NERWNE would be in range soon.  So I grabbed my stuff and headed out to the edge of the Thames.

A few moments after I got there, NECR NERWNE came into view, and I got a series of photos as they rolled along the Thames up to Fort Shantok to the north.

New England Central train NERWNE comes out of the treeline in Uncasville, CT along the Thames River on a hazy summer morning
New England Central train NERWNE comes out of the treeline in Uncasville, CT along the Thames River on a hazy summer morning
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NECR train NERWNE rolls along the Thames River and a couple swans in Uncasville, CT
NECR train NERWNE rolls along the Thames River and a couple swans in Uncasville, CT
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NERWNE heading north through Uncasville, CT
NERWNE heading north through Uncasville, CT
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A wide view of NECR NERWNE rolling along the Thames River in Uncasville, CT
A wide view of NECR NERWNE rolling along the Thames River in Uncasville, CT
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NERWNE heads north through Uncasville, CT
NERWNE heads north through Uncasville, CT
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NERWNE continues north along the Thames River
NERWNE continues north along the Thames River
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Then just as they slipped out of view to the north, I saw headlights on the P&W side – here comes NR-2!  (had they been a few seconds earlier, I would have been able to get both in the same frame)

After picking my spot, I waited for them to appear.  And appear they did…but it was a little shorter than usual – just a trio of light engines.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 appears as a trio of light engines along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT on a hazy morning
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 appears as a trio of light engines along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT on a hazy morning
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Then they came out of the shadows of Stoddard Hill

NR-2 comes into the sunlight along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 comes into the sunlight along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT
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And rolled past me (with Don waving out the window in the 2nd shot)

NR-2 heads across the causeway between Stoddard Cove and the Thames River
NR-2 heads across the causeway between Stoddard Cove and the Thames River
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NR-2 rolls along Stoddard Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT as Don waves out the window
NR-2 rolls along Stoddard Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT as Don waves out the window
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And a going away shot as they went back into the shade

NR-2 slips past Stoddard Cove
NR-2 slips past Stoddard Cove
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On my way back down the tracks, I got one more shot of them rolling past some fishermen near MP7

NR-2 rolls along the Thames River on a hazy morning
NR-2 rolls along the Thames River on a hazy morning
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Not too bad for a few minutes on-scene.  I figured a shot at Mill Cove and the Nautilus were out, so I headed straight down to Groton.  With the train being simply light engines, I figured this presented a nice opportunity to try something different.  I wanted to include a portion of the former New Haven SS-119 Groton tower in the shot.  So I headed for the parking area south of the Groton wye.

When I got there, NR-2 was asking permission to head west on Amtrak.  The New London dispatcher informed them that they’d be heading west after the next eastbound Acela – train 2190.

While waiting, I got one shot of NR-2 waiting at the signal, with part of the tower in the frame.

Former New Haven tower SS-119 in Groton, CT stands as NR-2 waits at the signal to the north.  SS-119 is slated for demolition by Amtrak
Former New Haven tower SS-119 in Groton, CT stands as NR-2 waits at the signal to the north. SS-119 is slated for demolition by Amtrak
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Not long after that, 2190 pulled out of New London station and headed my way.  I got one shot of the train with the tower

Amtrak Acela train 2190 rolls past the former New Haven SS-119 Groton tower
Amtrak Acela train 2190 rolls past the former New Haven SS-119 Groton tower
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Then a going away shot with some Maintenance of Way equipment on one of the old yard tracks.

2190 speeds east past some work equiment in Groton
2190 speeds east past some work equiment in Groton
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A couple moments later, NR-2 got the signal, and began pulling down the west leg of the Groton wye.  As they did it, I got a trio of shots of them passing by the old tower.

NR-2 gets the signal to head west out of Groton in the shadow of the Gold Star bridge and the former New Haven Groton tower
NR-2 gets the signal to head west out of Groton in the shadow of the Gold Star bridge and the former New Haven Groton tower
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NR-2 heads down the west leg of the Groton wye, behind the Groton tower
NR-2 heads down the west leg of the Groton wye, behind the Groton tower
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NR-2 rolls past Groton Tower
NR-2 rolls past Groton Tower
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As NR-2 crossed the Thames, I packed up the gear and made my way to the office.  Not too much of a delay at all…

Finally, you’re probably wondering about the title of this post.  Late (me) + Early (NR-2) = On Time x 2 (NERWNE and 2190).  OK, a little weird, but then again, so am I…

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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