Willimantic to Amherst – Three trains 1


On the 19th as you probably saw here I was presenting a slideshow up at the Amherst Railway Society’s October meeting.  I decided to take the entire day off instead of rushing out of work and heading north.  So I took that opportunity to do a little work around the house, and then head out at lunchtime.  I figured my best bet would be to head into Willimantic, and go up the NECR and hope to catch something between Willi and Palmer.  Then later on I’d be meeting up with another railfan up in Amherst to hopefully catch at least the Vermonter.  Well, things worked out rather well – not only did I catch the Vermonter, but two other trains as well.

Once I left the house, I stuck to my plan of heading into Willimantic and taking the scenic route up to Amherst – up Route 32 into Palmer, then on a few back roads to Amherst, instead of the quickest way up I-91.  When I got into Willimantic I was happy to hear activity on the scanner – NECR 602 out of Palmer was finishing up in town, and 608 was just coming into the yard limits.  I figured that since 602 was getting ready to head out, I’d head north and bag him at a few spots heading for Palmer.

After a bit, they finally made their way north, and I got them in Merrow, Willington, Stafford Springs (including an almost meet with the DirecTV blimp) and finally in Monson, MA.  With the time getting close, I then headed straight up to Amherst, still sticking to the back roads – I had a set time I was going to be meeting up with a railfan – Matt – who is going to college up there.  On the way up I heard something about NECR 611 working around that area – and as it turned out he was clearing up in the Amherst siding for the northbound Vermonter.

I got up there in time to meet up with Matt, talk a bit, then shoot the Vermonter making a station stop in Amherst.  Then after that, got a bunch of shots of 611 pulling out of the siding, then backing up to pick up his conductor before heading south to Palmer.  By the time that was all done, the light was fading, and it was getting close to the time I had to meet up with the ARS guys for dinner.  So we bid farewell, and went our separate ways – Matt back to the dorms, and me off to dinner, and later to the slideshow (which went very well!)

New England Central train 602 heads north through Merrow, CT
New England Central train 602 heads north through Merrow, CT
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Merrow, CT

New England Central train 602 heads north through Willington, CT
New England Central train 602 heads north through Willington, CT
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Willington, CT

New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River

New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River

New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River

New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT along the Middle River

The DirecTV blimp floats overhead
The DirecTV blimp floats overhead
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The DirecTV blimp floats overhead

The DirecTV blimp floats overhead
The DirecTV blimp floats overhead
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The DirecTV blimp floats overhead

New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT
New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Stafford Springs, CT

New England Central train 602 heads north through Monson, MA
New England Central train 602 heads north through Monson, MA
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New England Central train 602 heads north through Monson, MA

The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls into Amherst station
The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls into Amherst station
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The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls into Amherst station

The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls into Amherst station
The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls into Amherst station
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The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls into Amherst station

The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station
The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station
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The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station

The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station
The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station
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The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station

The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station
The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station
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The northbound Amtrak Vermonter pulls out of Amherst station

NECR train 611 comes out of the Amherst siding, heading south
NECR train 611 comes out of the Amherst siding, heading south
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NECR train 611 comes out of the Amherst siding, heading south

NECR train 611 comes out of the Amherst siding, heading south
NECR train 611 comes out of the Amherst siding, heading south
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NECR train 611 comes out of the Amherst siding, heading south

NECR 611 appears amongst the fall colors in Amherst, MA
NECR 611 appears amongst the fall colors in Amherst, MA
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NECR 611 appears amongst the fall colors in Amherst, MA

A bike rider waits for 611 to clear the Main Street crossing
A bike rider waits for 611 to clear the Main Street crossing
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A bike rider waits for 611 to clear the Main Street crossing

PW and GATX power in 611s consist
PW and GATX power in 611s consist
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PW and GATX power in 611s consist

Bike riders waiting for 611 to clear Main Street
Bike riders waiting for 611 to clear Main Street
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Bike riders waiting for 611 to clear Main Street

Ken and Matt talk as 611 reverses through the crossing
Ken and Matt talk as 611 reverses through the crossing
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Ken and Matt talk as 611 reverses through the crossing

Chalk on a boxcar
Chalk on a boxcar
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Chalk on a boxcar

Ken heads for the cab, ready to head south
Ken heads for the cab, ready to head south
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Ken heads for the cab, ready to head south

NECR 611 pulls south out of the tunnel of fall colors
NECR 611 pulls south out of the tunnel of fall colors
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NECR 611 pulls south out of the tunnel of fall colors

611 waits to head south out of Amherst, MA
611 waits to head south out of Amherst, MA
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611 waits to head south out of Amherst, MA

611 crosses Main Street in Amherst amongst the fall colors
611 crosses Main Street in Amherst amongst the fall colors
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611 crosses Main Street in Amherst amongst the fall colors

The PW and GATX power head south towards home rails
The PW and GATX power head south towards home rails
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The PW and GATX power head south towards home rails

611 rolling past Amherst station
611 rolling past Amherst station
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611 rolling past Amherst station

WTF?  I dunno...
WTF? I dunno...
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WTF? I dunno...

Amherst station
Amherst station
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Amherst station


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Tom

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