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Steel Wheels and Submarines

Still playing catch-up, so here’s some stuff from last week.  Another busy week, so my ability to get out was limited.  Making the best of it, I headed up to the USS Nautilus Overlook Park in Groton a couple times, getting some shots of trains and submarines in the same frame.

The Thames River hosts a wide variety of photographic subjects – from swans, to boats, and of course railroads.  Since the early 1900s, the Thames has also been the home of the US Navy’s Submarine Base, which is currently the homeport to a number of the Navy’s latest nuclear powered fast attack submarines.  On two days last week, I had the opportunity to bring subs and trains along the Thames together.

First up was last Monday the 17th, where I was fortunate enough to not only get one train passing by the Sub Base and USS Nautilus, but two.  First up was NECR train NERWNE heading north as a single light engine on the western bank of the river.  That was soon followed by P&W train NR2 coming south on the track closest to me.

NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine past the Conn College sailboats in New London, CT
NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine past the Conn College sailboats in New London, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:22:29
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
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NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine past the Conn College sailboats in New London, CT

NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine through Waterford, CT
NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine through Waterford, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:23:00
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine through Waterford, CT

NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine over Smith Cove in Waterford, with the USS Nautilus in the foreground
NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine over Smith Cove in Waterford, with the USS Nautilus in the foreground
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:25:39
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
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NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine over Smith Cove in Waterford, with the USS Nautilus in the foreground

NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine as a US Coast Guard boat watches over the Sub Base
NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine as a US Coast Guard boat watches over the Sub Base
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:26:06
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine as a US Coast Guard boat watches over the Sub Base

NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine behind a number of US Navy Submarines
NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine behind a number of US Navy Submarines
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:26:44
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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NECR NERWNE (608) heads north as a single light engine behind a number of US Navy Submarines

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:30:03
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:30:04
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the USS Nautilus & Sub Force Museum at Groton, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the USS Nautilus & Sub Force Museum at Groton, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:29:51
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the USS Nautilus & Sub Force Museum at Groton, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:17 09:30:46
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 head south past the US Navy Sub Base at Groton, CT


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And second was Thursday the 20th, where only NR2 was in the cards.  But I did manage to get them not only at the USS Nautilus, but also at the bottom end of Fairview, as well as crossing Shaw’s Cove in New London.  Then on the way back to the office, I got a few shots of the US Coast Guard Cutter Campbell heading south in the Thames.

Providence & Worcester NR2 heads south past the Sub Force Museum in Groton, CT
Providence & Worcester NR2 heads south past the Sub Force Museum in Groton, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 08:58:30
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester NR2 heads south past the Sub Force Museum in Groton, CT

Providence & Worcester NR2 heads south past the Sub Force Museum & USS Nautilus in Groton, CT
Providence & Worcester NR2 heads south past the Sub Force Museum & USS Nautilus in Groton, CT
REF#:20100520-04-1320706060-_MG_1132.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:20 08:58:15
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)38.00 (38/1)
ISO200
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Providence & Worcester NR2 heads south past the Sub Force Museum & USS Nautilus in Groton, CT

Some OGIX hoppers bound for New York roll past the USS Nautilus on PW NR2
Some OGIX hoppers bound for New York roll past the USS Nautilus on PW NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:20 08:58:42
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Some OGIX hoppers bound for New York roll past the USS Nautilus on PW NR2

NR2s trailing power appears in the shadow of the US Navy Sub Base in Groton
NR2s trailing power appears in the shadow of the US Navy Sub Base in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 08:59:54
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)77.00 (77/1)
ISO200
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NR2s trailing power appears in the shadow of the US Navy Sub Base in Groton

NR2s trailing power, with a cut of Tilcon hoppers behind, heads south past the USS Nautilus
NR2s trailing power, with a cut of Tilcon hoppers behind, heads south past the USS Nautilus
REF#:20100520-12-1320706060-_MG_1162.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:20 08:59:42
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NR2s trailing power, with a cut of Tilcon hoppers behind, heads south past the USS Nautilus

NR2 pulls into Fairview Yard in Groton
NR2 pulls into Fairview Yard in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:04:20
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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NR2 pulls into Fairview Yard in Groton

NR2 pulls into Fairview Yard in Groton
NR2 pulls into Fairview Yard in Groton
REF#:20100520-20-1320706060-_MG_1179.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:04:31
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NR2 pulls into Fairview Yard in Groton

NR2 pulls across the Shaw's Cove swing bridge
NR2 pulls across the Shaw's Cove swing bridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:34:07
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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NR2 pulls across the Shaw's Cove swing bridge

NR2 heading west through New London
NR2 heading west through New London
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:34:34
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO200
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NR2 heading west through New London

NR2 heading west through New London
NR2 heading west through New London
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:34:17
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NR2 heading west through New London

NR2s trailing power heads west through New London
NR2s trailing power heads west through New London
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:35:09
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
ISO200
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NR2s trailing power heads west through New London

NR2s trailing power heads west through New London
NR2s trailing power heads west through New London
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:35:41
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
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NR2s trailing power heads west through New London

The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
REF#:20100520-38-420204365-_MG_1974.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:55:07
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO200
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The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south

The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south with an Amtrak Northeast Regional at the station in the background
The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south with an Amtrak Northeast Regional at the station in the background
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:55:23
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south with an Amtrak Northeast Regional at the station in the background

The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
REF#:20100520-42-420204365-_MG_2003.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:56:16
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
ISO200
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The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south

The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
REF#:20100520-43-420204365-_MG_2006.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:56:26
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south

The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
REF#:20100520-44-420204365-_MG_2020.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:57:03
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO200
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The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south

The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south
REF#:20100520-45-420204365-_MG_2030.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:20 09:57:18
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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The USCG Cutter Campbell in the Thames River, heading south


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That was it for last week’s adventures.  Like I said, things have been hectic…hopefully some normalcy will return soon.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

4 comments to Steel Wheels and Submarines

  • Normalcy? What is normalcy?!

    I managed to get a couple quick shots of NERWNE heading south through Yantic last Wednesday but they were nothing spectacular. I was rather surprised that it was heading south at 11:00 rather than north but I was happy to see it no matter which way it was going! I haven’t had a chance to really do much train photography lately as I seem to be spending most of my time at work.

    I love the shots of NR-2 near the Sub Museum; the reflections of the cars in the water are just so clear, it’s almost like the water is glass. Beautiful!

  • Joe McDonough

    Tom:

    Nice posting. Good to see you back online.

    Joe

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