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Last week – Acela, NR2 day & night and a PW Reroute on the NECR

Phew, once again I’m running a bit behind…story of my life.  But I did manage to get out a bit last week and grab a nice variety of moves – some pretty run of the mill, and a couple that were quite unique.  Too bad the unique ones were a result of the PW derailment in Lisbon, CT, but at least I was able to capture those jobs.  Now onto the stuff…it’s going to be a long one, so grab your favorite beverage, buckle up, and enjoy the ride…Going back to last Monday the 10th, I had to leave work early for a doctor’s appointment.  I figured I’d head up Thames Street and see if I could shoot anything crossing the Thames River on my way north.  As I neared one of my overlooks, I heard a westbound Acela hit the Midway detector a mile or so to the east.  OK, I’d have something – so I parked and waited a couple minutes for them to show up.

Not long after parking, the Acela appeared and I rattled off a few shots of them traversing the Thames (note the work occurring on the fixed spans of the bridge – to me it looks like lead abatement, and stripping the old paint off the structure)

A westbound Amtrak Acela crosses the Thames River
A westbound Amtrak Acela crosses the Thames River
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 12:34:59
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
ISO200
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The tail end of a westbound Acela crosses the Thames River
The tail end of a westbound Acela crosses the Thames River
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 12:35:10
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The tail end of a westbound Acela crosses the Thames River as work continues on the fixed spans of the drawbridge
The tail end of a westbound Acela crosses the Thames River as work continues on the fixed spans of the drawbridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 12:35:15
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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The tail end of a westbound Acela heads into New London
The tail end of a westbound Acela heads into New London
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 12:35:38
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Not bad – and a look at the watch told me I still had plenty of time to get up to Bolton in time for my appointment.  So got back in the car, and continued north towards I-95.

But before I got too far out of the parking lot, I heard the Amtrak New London dispatcher talking to P&W NR2 about getting them out of Shaw’s Cove and back onto home rails ahead of the next eastbound Acela.  Well, it looks like I would be using up all my spare time.

I figured with the sun angle, my best bet would be around MP7 in Ledyard, shooting from the river side of the tracks, instead of the usual east side.  After parking and hiking down the hillside, I got into position and waited.  Well, the wait wasn’t that long – pretty soon NR2 reported to the Worcester dispatcher that they were northbound out of Fairview.  A little while after that, they came into view to the south, near Dow Chemical.

Over the next minute or so, I snapped off a series of shots of NR2 travelling between MP7 in Ledyard and MP8 in Preston.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:56:11
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:56:27
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:56:29
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:56:35
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:56:50
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River and past Stoddard Hill in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River and past Stoddard Hill in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:57:31
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River, crossing over the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Ledyard/Preston town line
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River, crossing over the inlet to Poquetanuck Cove on the Ledyard/Preston town line
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:57:50
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Preston, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Preston, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:10 15:58:23
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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And as NR2 slipped out of sight, I made my way back to the car, and my appointment (which I was still early for).

Next up was Wednesday evening.  Early Wednesday afternoon P&W train NR3 derailed in Lisbon, CT, shutting down the Norwich Branch, and isolating NR2.  As things sorted out, NR2 made their way back over to the New England Central yard in New London, where the NECR would bring the train north the next morning to Willimantic.  There the PW would crew the train, and head east over the Willimantic Branch.  Back to Wednesday evening.  With the train sitting in the yard overnight, I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to shoot it as it sat under the Gold Star Bridge.  So after making a few phone calls (to Nick Palazini and Bob LaMay), we had set up a time to meet up and shoot the train under the bridge & stars.

We were there for a good hour, and got a number of shots, but here’s one from the evening.  Saving the others for another time…

After NR3's derailment in Lisbon, CT, NR2 waits overnight in New London under the Gold Star Bridge for the NECR to take it north to Willimantic (Lumedyne flash by Nick Palazini & myself)
After NR3's derailment in Lisbon, CT, NR2 waits overnight in New London under the Gold Star Bridge for the NECR to take it north to Willimantic (Lumedyne flash by Nick Palazini & myself)
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:12 22:49:34
Aperturef/11.0
Exposure Time100.000 s (100/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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Now to the next morning.  NECR train NERWNE (aka 608) was to head south to New London, do their work, then when they were ready to head north, they were tie onto the PW train, and bring it to Willimantic.  I managed to get them at a couple spots from the east side of the Thames as they assembled the train and headed north.  Look carefully at the 4th one down, and you can see Mark Shenking right below the cab of the NECR geep as he was getting his shots.

A NECR crew member checks out the P&W power at New London before heading north
A NECR crew member checks out the P&W power at New London before heading north
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 07:49:29
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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A fishing boat heads south in the Thames River as NECR NERWNE (608) sits across the river
A fishing boat heads south in the Thames River as NECR NERWNE (608) sits across the river
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 08:39:13
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO200
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A US Navy Police boat heads south in the Thames River as NECR NERWNE (608) sits across the river
A US Navy Police boat heads south in the Thames River as NECR NERWNE (608) sits across the river
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:13:52
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew shuffles power around for the trip north of the combined NERWNE/NR2
The NECR NERWNE crew shuffles power around for the trip north of the combined NERWNE/NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:18:36
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew shuffles power around for the trip north of the combined NERWNE/NR2
The NECR NERWNE crew shuffles power around for the trip north of the combined NERWNE/NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:35:52
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew shuffles power around for the trip north of the combined NERWNE/NR2
The NECR NERWNE crew shuffles power around for the trip north of the combined NERWNE/NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:36:02
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew prepares to head north with the combined NERWNE/NR2
The NECR NERWNE crew prepares to head north with the combined NERWNE/NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:41:12
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew prepares to head north with the combined NERWNE/NR2
The NECR NERWNE crew prepares to head north with the combined NERWNE/NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:44:31
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew heads north with the combined NERWNE/NR2
The NECR NERWNE crew heads north with the combined NERWNE/NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:57:48
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Tilcon hoppers on the opposite side of the river!
Tilcon hoppers on the opposite side of the river!
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:58:50
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew heads north with the combined NERWNE/NR2 through Montville, CT
The NECR NERWNE crew heads north with the combined NERWNE/NR2 through Montville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:59:31
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO200
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The NECR NERWNE crew heads north with the combined NERWNE/NR2 through Montville, CT
The NECR NERWNE crew heads north with the combined NERWNE/NR2 through Montville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:13 09:59:52
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO200
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And that was it for Thursday.

Now we come to Friday, which is when I got word that there would be an NECR 608 extra out of Willimantic first thing in the morning, bringing a PW train down from Willimantic to New London since the Norwich Branch would still be closed for a couple more days.  I managed to time things pretty well, and got the train at a number of spots between Franklin and Montville – a bit different seeing PW power lead a train on the west side of the Thames!  Also got a couple shots of the regular 608 waiting in the clear on the Yantic runaround.  Oh, yeah, and I ran into Jim Van up in Franklin as well – had a nice chat with him waiting for the extra to get out of Willimantic.

NECR train NERWNE (608) sits in the clear on the Yantic runaround waiting for the NERWNE (608) Extra [PW NR2 reroute] to pass them southbound.
NECR train NERWNE (608) sits in the clear on the Yantic runaround waiting for the NERWNE (608) Extra [PW NR2 reroute] to pass them southbound.
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 10:40:53
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO800
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NECR train NERWNE (608) sits in the clear on the Yantic runaround waiting for the NERWNE (608) Extra [PW NR2 reroute] to pass them southbound.
NECR train NERWNE (608) sits in the clear on the Yantic runaround waiting for the NERWNE (608) Extra [PW NR2 reroute] to pass them southbound.
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 10:42:01
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:13:38
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:13:44
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:14:00
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Franklin, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:14:02
Aperturef/16.0
Exposure Time 0.125 s (1/8)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:31:01
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:31:13
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO400
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:31:15
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO400
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Norwichtown, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:31:35
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO400
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Thamesville, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Thamesville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:44:29
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Thamesville, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Thamesville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:44:38
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)31.00 (31/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Thamesville, CT with the Mohegan Sun casino in the background
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south through Thamesville, CT with the Mohegan Sun casino in the background
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 11:45:20
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
ISO800
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A swan coming in for a landing
A swan coming in for a landing
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 12:04:30
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO800
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A swan coming in for a landing
A swan coming in for a landing
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 12:04:33
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south, about to cross Horton Cove in Montville, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south, about to cross Horton Cove in Montville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:14 12:09:22
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO800
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south, crossing over Horton Cove in Montville, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south, crossing over Horton Cove in Montville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 12:09:30
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)46.00 (46/1)
ISO400
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NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south, crossing over Horton Cove in Montville, CT
NECR 608 Extra [NR2 reroute] heads south, crossing over Horton Cove in Montville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:14 12:09:42
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO400
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I had to break it off at that point, and get back to the office.  The train ended up swapping power with NH-1X at New London, and headed back north with a decent sized train, and a different trio of power.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to catch that.  Hey, at least I got something!

And that wrapped up last week’s activities!

Thanks for looking!
Tom

6 comments to Last week – Acela, NR2 day & night and a PW Reroute on the NECR

  • Bill Gibson

    Great shots as always Tom

  • HB

    Tom, awesome shots…… kind of reminds me, back in 2006, with the Johnson city coal trains.

  • As always, nothing but the best! I wish I knew all of the good spots to go that you do but alas, I’m always afraid I’m going to be trespassing on someone’s property so tend to stick to places I know I can get to. I should say places I know I can get to easily!

    That night shot is great – looking forward to seeing some of the others should you decide to post them.

    • Thanks Linda!

      FYI, pretty much all the spots I shoot from are accessible from public parking areas, or are spots where fishermen frequent. Granted, some do require a bit of a hike (like the Horton Cove shot in Montville), but the walk is well worth it!

  • I would most definitely agree that it’s more than worth it! Guess I’ll have to follow some fishermen and see where they go sometime!

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