Chasing NR3


On the last day of June, I took the day off to fix my car (emissions system was throwing a code, and the inspection was due).  Once I fixed it, and had it tested for emissions (it passed), I decided to see if I could find any trains in the area to shoot.  It was a nice sunny day, so why not?

I figured I’d head south to see what I could see – maybe PW train NR2 would be coming back home early, or I’d find NECR train NERWNE somewhere between Willimantic and Montville.  Well, as I was heading through Franklin, I caught part of a conversation on the PW channel – the dispatcher acknowledged NR something was northbound.  Maybe it was NR2?  I figured as much, and decided to head for Chelsea Landing in Norwich.

I got to the Norwich waterfront, parked my car and grabbed my gear.  Just as I was closing the car door, I heard horns.  No way that could be NR2 already!  A quick sprint, and I saw that it wasn’t NR2, but rather NR3!  So I managed to get one quick shot of the rear power.

Providence & Worcester train NR3s trailing power passes by Norwich Harbor on their way north to Plainfield
Providence & Worcester train NR3s trailing power passes by Norwich Harbor on their way north to Plainfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 13:38:49
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
ISO200
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I guess the chase is on!  So northward I headed up Route 12, only to be greeted by Norwich traffic…

I finally get ahead of the train on the north end of town, but of course I gets screwed by a stop light that is interlocked with the nearby grade crossing.  So I sat in a line of cars until the train cleared the crossing – there goes any hope of a shot south of Taft’s Tunnel.  Now where to go north of the tunnel?

While heading north on Route 12, and checking out the possible pull-off spots, along with potential photo angles, one caught my eye at 50 MPH.  It was the site of where NR3 derailed a little while back.  There was a nice spot to park the car safely off the road, and a decent shot on the outside of a curve.  So I turned around, and parked the car there.

As soon as I got out, and made my way to the edge of the right of way, I could hear NR3 coming my way.  Moments later, they ran past me at track speed.

PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:06:30 13:57:22
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:06:30 13:57:23
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 13:56:43
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
PW NR3 heads north through Lisbon, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:06:30 13:58:03
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
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With the tracks apparently back up to timetable speed (or close to it), I decided to make a straight shot for Plainfield.  There would be no chance of me catching them, especially with the lights around Lisbon Landing just to the north.

By the time I got to Plainfield, they were already switching down in the south end of the yard.  A look at the clock told me I had a little time to stick around – maybe they’d wrap up in time and head north before I had to head out.  So while they were kicking cars around, I scouted around.

I found a few interesting angles north of Plainfield, and settled on one as my first shot – it was north of Waureagn Feeds, using the silos as a backdrop for the passing train.  I figured from there, I should be able to make it up to the Tilcon Wauregan quarry and get a shot there.

After a not so long wait, I heard horns to the south, and NR-3 appeared

PW NR3 passes by Wauregan Feeds in Wauregan, CT
PW NR3 passes by Wauregan Feeds in Wauregan, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 15:27:40
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3s trailing power heads north through Wauregan, CT
PW NR3s trailing power heads north through Wauregan, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 15:27:51
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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And boy did they appear!  Having never really shot in this area, I wasn’t familiar with the track speed, and after seeing them run past me, I figured another shot was completely out of the question!

I figured their next stop was Frito Lay in Dayville, so I headed that way.  I figured I’d have time to hopefully bag them there, then hit the road back home.

When I got to the plant entrance, the trailing power and a few cars were sitting on the main, and I could still hear them on the radio switching.  So I picked a spot and waited.  In that time another fan came up, and we talked a bit to pass the time.  A few moments later, NR3 came into view, and I got a bunch of shots as they left the plant, headed onto the main, and proceeded north, presumably to switch out the International Paper plant a bit to the north.

PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:06:30 15:59:58
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 16:06:58
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 16:07:31
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 16:07:33
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:06:30 16:08:47
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:06:30 16:09:45
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
PW NR3 switches the Frito Lay factory in Dayville, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:06:30 16:11:14
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)114.00 (114/1)
ISO200
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At that point, my time was running out, so I packed it in and made my way back home.  Not a bad afternoon chase…

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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