Quick stop in Palmer – NECR, Amtrak, CSX & FEC


July 2nd was a work holiday for us, starting out a four day weekend.  I had some things to do in the morning, but with that stuff done, I headed out for a bit to shoot, taking advantage of the nice weather.  Initially I had set my sights on shooting NECR train NERWNE somewhere between Willimantic and Montville.  But as I hit the road, that plan changed right quick, and I did an about face and headed north.  Yep, headed north of Connecticut where I could shoot Florida East Coast Railway equipment!

With the change in plans, I decided to head up to Palmer, MA to see what kind of afternoon action there was up there.  At the very least train 603, the yard switcher, should be working around the area.  And if I was lucky, I’d catch some trains on the CSX line.

Well, short story is this – when I got up there, not only was 603 working (using the CSOR switcher for power), but also 611 was getting ready to head north with a good sized train, with one of the FEC SD40s in the lead.  Also, the northbound Vermonter pulled in, and a westbound CSX headed out after the Vermonter and 611 cleared the diamond.  And to top things off, FEC GP40 #437 was sitting shut down in the yard.  So in south-central Massachusetts I was able to shoot Amtrak, CSX, CSOR, FEC and the NECR.  And talking with a fellow photographer/fan up there (very nice conversation while we were waiting for things to happen out by the diamond), I missed Mass Central by a couple hours.  Oh, well, can’t win ’em all I guess.  I’m still happy with what I came away with in my couple hours in Palmer.  Here’s the photos.

NECR yard crew moving a former CN locomotive into the yard, as NECR train 611 waits to head north
NECR yard crew moving a former CN locomotive into the yard, as NECR train 611 waits to head north
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:22:41
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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NECR yard crew moving a former CN locomotive into the yard, as NECR train 611 waits to head north

NECR train 611 waiting to head north out of Palmer, MA
NECR train 611 waiting to head north out of Palmer, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:24:37
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
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NECR train 611 waiting to head north out of Palmer, MA

NECR train 603, the Palmer Yard Switch job, heads past the Steaming Tender Restaurant to get out of 611s way
NECR train 603, the Palmer Yard Switch job, heads past the Steaming Tender Restaurant to get out of 611s way
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:31:52
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
ISO200
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NECR train 603, the Palmer Yard Switch job, heads past the Steaming Tender Restaurant to get out of 611s way

Amtrak 56, the Vermonter, crosses the NECR/CSX diamond in Palmer
Amtrak 56, the Vermonter, crosses the NECR/CSX diamond in Palmer
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:33:15
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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Amtrak 56, the Vermonter, crosses the NECR/CSX diamond in Palmer

The Vermonter passes by the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer
The Vermonter passes by the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:32:40
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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The Vermonter passes by the Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer

The Vermonter heads through the switches at CP-83 in Palmer, as a westbound CSX job waits in the distance
The Vermonter heads through the switches at CP-83 in Palmer, as a westbound CSX job waits in the distance
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:33:49
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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The Vermonter heads through the switches at CP-83 in Palmer, as a westbound CSX job waits in the distance

Our tax dollars at work
Our tax dollars at work
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:34:28
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO200
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Our tax dollars at work

The Vermonter makes their way towards NECR rails in Palmer for the trip north to St. Albans, VT
The Vermonter makes their way towards NECR rails in Palmer for the trip north to St. Albans, VT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:40:53
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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The Vermonter makes their way towards NECR rails in Palmer for the trip north to St. Albans, VT

The Vermonter passing by a United Way billboard
The Vermonter passing by a United Way billboard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:41:03
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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The Vermonter passing by a United Way billboard

The Vermonter heading past the Steaming Tender Restaurant, towards the NECR
The Vermonter heading past the Steaming Tender Restaurant, towards the NECR
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:40:36
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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The Vermonter heading past the Steaming Tender Restaurant, towards the NECR

A look down into the NECR yard in Palmer, as 603 waits for 611 to get their cars and head north
A look down into the NECR yard in Palmer, as 603 waits for 611 to get their cars and head north
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:43:27
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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A look down into the NECR yard in Palmer, as 603 waits for 611 to get their cars and head north

The Vermonter, now on NECR iron, heads north out of Palmer, MA as 603's conductor looks on
The Vermonter, now on NECR iron, heads north out of Palmer, MA as 603's conductor looks on
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 15:44:52
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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The Vermonter, now on NECR iron, heads north out of Palmer, MA as 603's conductor looks on

611 comes into view, as 603 waits for them to pass
611 comes into view, as 603 waits for them to pass
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:01:44
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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611 comes into view, as 603 waits for them to pass

NECR train 611 passes the Steaming Tender Restaurant south of the Palmer Diamond
NECR train 611 passes the Steaming Tender Restaurant south of the Palmer Diamond
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:01:44
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR train 611 passes the Steaming Tender Restaurant south of the Palmer Diamond

NECR train 611 crosses the Palmer Diamond with a colorful consist
NECR train 611 crosses the Palmer Diamond with a colorful consist
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:02:06
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR train 611 crosses the Palmer Diamond with a colorful consist

NECR train 611 heads north behind the Vermonter
NECR train 611 heads north behind the Vermonter
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:03:12
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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NECR train 611 heads north behind the Vermonter

Some chalk drawings on one of 611's cars
Some chalk drawings on one of 611's cars
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:16:10
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.010 s (1/100)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO200
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Some chalk drawings on one of 611's cars

Railfan Brendan Richardson waits  to get his shot of the westbound CSX job
Railfan Brendan Richardson waits to get his shot of the westbound CSX job
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:21:41
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Railfan Brendan Richardson waits to get his shot of the westbound CSX job

Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer
Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:31:53
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)122.00 (122/1)
ISO200
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Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer

Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer
Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:31:18
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer

Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer
Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:31:24
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Westbound CSX crosses over to the main at CP-83 in Palmer

A westbound CSX crosses the Palmer diamond
A westbound CSX crosses the Palmer diamond
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:31:34
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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A westbound CSX crosses the Palmer diamond

Detail look at the training locomotive - "The W. Thomas Rice Special"
Detail look at the training locomotive - "The W. Thomas Rice Special"
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:32:25
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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Detail look at the training locomotive - "The W. Thomas Rice Special"

Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:35:29
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO200
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Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight

Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:42:50
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO200
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Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight

Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:42:55
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight

Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:43:02
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Chalk drawing on the passing CSX freight

Power resting in the NECR Palmer yard
Power resting in the NECR Palmer yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:46:46
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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Power resting in the NECR Palmer yard

FEC GP40 sits quietly in the Palmer yard
FEC GP40 sits quietly in the Palmer yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:48:10
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
ISO200
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FEC GP40 sits quietly in the Palmer yard

Detail of the FEC GP40s nose
Detail of the FEC GP40s nose
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:49:35
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO200
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Detail of the FEC GP40s nose

Detail of the FEC GP40s nose
Detail of the FEC GP40s nose
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:07:02 16:49:54
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)107.00 (107/1)
ISO200
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Detail of the FEC GP40s nose


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