NECR, P&W and an Amtrak with a McCafe 2


With the pretty much fiasco of last Thursday night on my mind, I really wanted to “redeem myself” and get some decent shots without destroying any more of my gear.  So on Friday I headed out to try and catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2.  Figured that was pretty safe – and as it turned out, I got more than just NR-2, and everything remained intact.

That morning I got a call from Bob LaMay – he was up in Preston waiting for NR-2 and hadn’t seen them yet – so I figured I’d head out.  With the timing, I figured my best bet would be Mill Cove.

As I got to the bottom of Long Cove Road, I noticed a car parked nearby, and as I turned left to shoot from the bottom of the cove, I noticed Paolo Roffo waiting on the bridge.  And just as I parked, Bob called to let me know that NR2 was on their way south with one whopping car.

So Paolo & I shot the bull for a bit while waiting for NR2, and during that time NECR train NERWNE headed north across the river, and I got a shot of them with a boat in the river.

New England Central train NERWNE heads north through Montville, as a boat also heads north
New England Central train NERWNE heads north through Montville, as a boat also heads north
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After a bit longer, NR2 came into view

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 passes milepost 4 along Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 passes milepost 4 along Mill Cove in Ledyard, CT
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Then a standard shot

NR-2 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River
NR-2 rolls onto the causeway between Mill Cove and the Thames River
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And this one caught my eye, with a swan floating past in the foreground

A swan floats by in Mill Cove as NR-2 heads south along the cove
A swan floats by in Mill Cove as NR-2 heads south along the cove
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Finally a couple more standard shots at the bottom end of the cove

NR-2 heads south along Mill Cove with a nice reflection of the short train
NR-2 heads south along Mill Cove with a nice reflection of the short train
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NR-2 heads over the inlet to Mill Cove in Ledyard
NR-2 heads over the inlet to Mill Cove in Ledyard
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After that I was thinking of going over to Shaw’s Cove and catching them there.  But Paolo said he’d be heading over to Niantic to the NAN drawbridge.  I figured that since it had been some time since I was over there, I’d join him.

Well, I finally got over there (had to wait for the car drawbridge to close) a few minutes before we saw any action on the tracks.  After picking out my angle, we waited.  A couple minutes later, Amtrak train 171 rolled across the bridge with a pair of AEM-7 toasters on the point.

Amtrak train 171 heads over the Niantic River Drawbridge in Waterford
Amtrak train 171 heads over the Niantic River Drawbridge in Waterford
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But then as the tail end passed by, I noticed something odd – the last car was wrapped in a McDonalds McCafe theme.  So I quickly grabbed the telephoto and got a shot of it crossing the Niantic River

A McDonalds McCafe car crosses the Niantic River on the tail end of 171
A McDonalds McCafe car crosses the Niantic River on the tail end of 171
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Then a couple more of it heading off into the distance.

The McCafe car heads west through Niantic
The McCafe car heads west through Niantic
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Amtrak 171 with a McDonalds car rolls past the Niantic Bay Boardwalk
Amtrak 171 with a McDonalds car rolls past the Niantic Bay Boardwalk
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Pretty neat catch!  And not too far behind 171 was NR-2, now with an extra car that they picked up in Fairview Yard.  I got a series of shots of the freight rolling along Niantic Bay

NR-2 heads over the Niantic River Drawbridge
NR-2 heads over the Niantic River Drawbridge
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NR-2 crosses the Niantic River drawbridge
NR-2 crosses the Niantic River drawbridge
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The tail end of NR-2 and a boat heading towards the drawbridge
The tail end of NR-2 and a boat heading towards the drawbridge
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NR-2 rolls past the Niantic Bay Boardwalk
NR-2 rolls past the Niantic Bay Boardwalk
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NR-2 passes by the old Morton House in Niantic
NR-2 passes by the old Morton House in Niantic
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NR-2 rolls off into the distance in Niantic
NR-2 rolls off into the distance in Niantic
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With NR2 fading off into the distance, I figured it was time to head back to the office.  So as Paolo was setting up for his next shot, we bid farewell, and I packed up the gear and headed back to Groton.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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2 thoughts on “NECR, P&W and an Amtrak with a McCafe

  • Bryce Lee

    I am amazed and how close to the esterthe right of way of the P&W is. Had a look about six months ago on a Google map
    atthe various intracies of tracks which the P&W follows down near the Thames River. Sortof a modeller’s dream for interaction between rail and water and industry.
    And the paint scheme helps to emphasize the entire operation.

    • Tom Nanos Post author

      Bryce-

      Yes, it’s beautiful country that the P&W runs through along the river. Like you said, it goes from pure nature to industry, providing many photo opportunities as the tracks snake along the river from Norwich down to Groton/New London.