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P&W in the snow

Well, all that rain we’ve been getting lately finally turned into some snow overnight and this morning.  Granted it wasn’t sticking to the pavement all that much – but that was a good thing.  It meant the ground would be somewhat white, and I could safely get there with my front wheel drive Hyundai.

I headed out at the usual time, listening to the scanner as I was heading north.  After checking out Mill Cove, I decided that with the silent scanner, and snow covered tracks, I could safely head north, possibly getting up to MP7 in Ledyard.

As I was passing by Dow Chemical, NR-2 informed the Worcester dispatcher that they were south of MP12 – perfect!  I should have plenty of time to get to MP7, park and pick a spot to shoot from well before NR-2 came into view.

That was exactly what happened – I scouted around, and because of the high tide, I opted for an angle down by the MP7 sign, about halfway up the embankment.  While waiting, I got a couple shots of the snow-covered tracks (the first one was somewhat inspired by a shot Nate Lafond recently posted to Facebook).

Snowy rails in Ledyard, CT
Snowy rails in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 08:54:15
Aperturef/4.5
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/2000)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
ISO400
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Snowy rail and joint bar near MP7 in Ledyard
Snowy rail and joint bar near MP7 in Ledyard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 08:54:33
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO400
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Just after that, I heard NR-2 sounding for the crossing at the old Norwich Hospital to the north in Preston.  Not long after that, they came into view along the Thames.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 comes into view in Preston, CT as some snow falls
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 comes into view in Preston, CT as some snow falls
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 08:58:04
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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Then a looong shot of them crossing the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove

NR-2 crosses the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove, now spanning the Preston/Ledyard town line
NR-2 crosses the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove, now spanning the Preston/Ledyard town line
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 08:58:58
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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And a shot that just struck me, with the headlight reflection in the water

NR-2 enters Ledyard, CT near Stoddard Hill
NR-2 enters Ledyard, CT near Stoddard Hill
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 08:59:15
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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After a little bit, they came into view just to the north of me, blowing snow off of the tracks

NR-2 comes into view near milepost 7 kicking up some of the freshly fallen snow in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 comes into view near milepost 7 kicking up some of the freshly fallen snow in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:00:17
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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NR-2 in a snowy landscape along the Thames River in Ledyard
NR-2 in a snowy landscape along the Thames River in Ledyard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:00:21
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
ISO400
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And a wider shot, getting the milepost marker in the frame

NR-2 rolls past the milepost 7 marker in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 rolls past the milepost 7 marker in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:02:26 08:58:46
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO400
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After they passed by, I headed down to the water’s edge, and got a couple shots as they continued south

NR-2 continues south along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 continues south along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:00:49
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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NR-2 continues south along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
NR-2 continues south along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:01:04
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO400
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Not too bad.  As they headed out of sight, I made my way back up to the car and pondered my next move.

I figured my best bet would be the USS Nautilus or Fairview.  Well, as I passed by the Nautilus Overlook park, I saw the gates were already down at the pedestrian crossing.  So instead of rushing to get into position there, I headed straight down to the south end of Fairview.

I got there just as NR-2 was entering the yard limits

NR-2 enters Fairview Yard in Groton
NR-2 enters Fairview Yard in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:16:11
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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And got a series of shots as they headed south through the snowy landscape

NR-2 rolls through Fairview Yard in Groton as the snow continues to fall
NR-2 rolls through Fairview Yard in Groton as the snow continues to fall
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:16:50
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO400
View in the gallery

NR-2 continues south through Fairview yard in Groton
NR-2 continues south through Fairview yard in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:16:59
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
ISO400
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NR-2 heads south through Fairview Yard in Groton
NR-2 heads south through Fairview Yard in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:15:32
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO400
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NR-2 continues south through Fairview yard in Groton
NR-2 continues south through Fairview yard in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:02:26 09:17:39
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO400
View in the gallery

With that in the cameras, I headed to the car.  On the scanner it sounded like they were doing some work at Spicer, so I decided to call it a morning and head back to the office.  Not a bad little jaunt into the snow…

Thanks for looking!
Tom

2 comments to P&W in the snow

  • The shot with the headlight reflection in the water is my favorite. I’m going to have to make sure Kevin checks out these pictures as he’s always saying he’d love to get some snow shots and I’ve got to admit that having the snow makes for much better pictures than just bare tree branches in the background. To be honest, though, what I’d really like to see is some sun again one of these days!

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