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Wednesday Day and Night on the NECR

Slowly getting back up to speed with the posts here.  Work is still hectic, but after work on Wednesday I managed to get out and catch a little New England Central Railroad action in the form of an ethanol extra.  Then later that evening, I joined a couple friends in Willimantic to shoot the NECR Palmer turn down in the yard under some unique conditions – facing east was cloudless and moonlit, facing west gave a nice view of some approaching thunderstorms.

As has been lately, I’ll be keeping the text somewhat brief.  In the evening I headed out with the family, and we chased and shot a southbound loaded NECR ethanol extra in Mansfield and Willimantic, CT.  Also managed to work my daughters into one shot up on the foot bridge in Willimantic.  Later in the evening, I joined Bob LaMay and Nick Palazini down in Willimantic for a little impromptu night photo session with NECR train 610, and the pair of SD40s that brought the ethanol down earlier (they had to drop that power in the yard because 6 axle power is not allowed south of MP27, so they used a pair of PW GEs that were in the yard waiting).  And what made things nicer was that one of the SD40s that brought the ethanol down was FEC #722.  Looked really pretty under the moon (as you’ve already seen in the post thumbnail).  OK, enough of that, here’s the photos!

Providence & Worcester power waits in Willimantic for a NECR crew to take 40 ethanol cars south
Providence & Worcester power waits in Willimantic for a NECR crew to take 40 ethanol cars south
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 17:31:49
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
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Providence & Worcester power waits in Willimantic for a NECR crew to take 40 ethanol cars south

Providence & Worcester power waits in Willimantic for a NECR crew to take 40 ethanol cars south
Providence & Worcester power waits in Willimantic for a NECR crew to take 40 ethanol cars south
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 17:36:05
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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Providence & Worcester power waits in Willimantic for a NECR crew to take 40 ethanol cars south

New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI
New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:08:04
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO800
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New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI

New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI
New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:08:36
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO800
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New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI

New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI
New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:08:55
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO800
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New England Central ethanol extra heads south through Mansfield, CT with 40 loaded cars of ethanol, headed for Providence, RI

The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:21:55
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard

The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:21:58
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard

The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:22:13
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard

The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:22:39
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
ISO200
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The NECR ethanol extra power heads into Willimantic yard

My daughters Katina (L) and Callie (R) watch the crew tie down the two SD40s in Willimantic yard
My daughters Katina (L) and Callie (R) watch the crew tie down the two SD40s in Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:27:08
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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My daughters Katina (L) and Callie (R) watch the crew tie down the two SD40s in Willimantic yard

The NECR ethanol extra power tied down in Willimantic yard
The NECR ethanol extra power tied down in Willimantic yard
REF#:20100526-27-1320706060-_MG_2529.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:29:18
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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The NECR ethanol extra power tied down in Willimantic yard

PW and NECR (FEC) power in Willimantic with the setting sun
PW and NECR (FEC) power in Willimantic with the setting sun
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:39:04
Aperturef/14.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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PW and NECR (FEC) power in Willimantic with the setting sun

A thunderstorm builds behind the FEC 722
A thunderstorm builds behind the FEC 722
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:43:04
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO200
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A thunderstorm builds behind the FEC 722

FEC and PW power in Willimantic
FEC and PW power in Willimantic
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:43:52
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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FEC and PW power in Willimantic

FEC and PW power in Willimantic
FEC and PW power in Willimantic
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:53:59
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
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FEC and PW power in Willimantic

Two leased GP40s wait in Willimantic to head north to Vermont Rail
Two leased GP40s wait in Willimantic to head north to Vermont Rail
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 18:56:28
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
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Two leased GP40s wait in Willimantic to head north to Vermont Rail


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The power from earlier in the day rests in Willimantic yard, as thunderstorms build to the west
The power from earlier in the day rests in Willimantic yard, as thunderstorms build to the west
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 22:35:35
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time49.000 s (49/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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The power from earlier in the day rests in Willimantic yard, as thunderstorms build to the west

Under a bright moon, a pair of SD40s rest in Willimantic yard (Lumedyne flash by Nick Palazini & myself)
Under a bright moon, a pair of SD40s rest in Willimantic yard (Lumedyne flash by Nick Palazini & myself)
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 22:41:33
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time51.000 s (51/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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Under a bright moon, a pair of SD40s rest in Willimantic yard (Lumedyne flash by Nick Palazini & myself)

Detail view of NECR 5032 in Willimantic yard
Detail view of NECR 5032 in Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 22:49:54
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time15.000 s (15/1)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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Detail view of NECR 5032 in Willimantic yard

NECR train 610's headlights illuminate a loaded lumber car and the nose of FEC 722 in Willimantic
NECR train 610's headlights illuminate a loaded lumber car and the nose of FEC 722 in Willimantic
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 22:52:35
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 6.000 s (6/1)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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NECR train 610's headlights illuminate a loaded lumber car and the nose of FEC 722 in Willimantic

Lightning to the west streaks through the clouds, as the NECR 610 crew combines power
Lightning to the west streaks through the clouds, as the NECR 610 crew combines power
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 22:53:42
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time16.000 s (16/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Lightning to the west streaks through the clouds, as the NECR 610 crew combines power

Lightning to the west streaks through the clouds, as the NECR 610 crew combines power
Lightning to the west streaks through the clouds, as the NECR 610 crew combines power
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 23:01:45
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time38.000 s (38/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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Lightning to the west streaks through the clouds, as the NECR 610 crew combines power

FEC 722 under the Willimantic foot bridge
FEC 722 under the Willimantic foot bridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 23:10:20
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time13.000 s (13/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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FEC 722 under the Willimantic foot bridge

NECR & FEC power under the Willimantic footbridge
NECR & FEC power under the Willimantic footbridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 23:13:21
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time22.000 s (22/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR & FEC power under the Willimantic footbridge

NECR & FEC power under the Willimantic footbridge
NECR & FEC power under the Willimantic footbridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:05:26 23:16:06
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time22.000 s (22/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR & FEC power under the Willimantic footbridge


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Thanks for looking!
Tom

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