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Lunch with NR2 and NR3

Last Monday I had to head out for lunch, and as things worked out I managed to catch a couple Providence & Worcester trains.  Not that the first was really planned out, but the second was caught completely by chance.

During work I sometimes listen to a friend’s radio feed on the iTunes where he has Amtrak, MetroNorth and P&W frequencies piped through a feed.  It’s pretty handy since where he has it set up, it picks up most of the Amtrak Shore Line dispatcher’s territory, as well as the P&W dispatcher through the Plainfield tower.  What was odd that morning while listening is that Shore Line was already talking to P&W NR-2, and it sounded like they were coming back east already.  Very odd.

Fast forward a few hours – I forgot to bring lunch in that day, so I headed out for lunch.  Once I got in the car and fired up the scanner, I heard NR-2 getting permission from the Worcester dispatcher to occupy the main at Fairview in Groton.  I guess they were indeed headed back east!  So I headed north on Route 12 to try and get ahead of them.  But as I passed within radio range of Fairview, I could hear they were switching in the yard, so I had time.

I figured with the cloudy skies, I’d head for Red Top in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard and get a shot looking south.  Once I got to the spot, and took a few test shots, I waited (while waiting I also heard P&W NR3 hit the Jewett City detector – so they seemed to be out of the picture).  After a little while, the train started north and I could hear horns to the south.  Well just then the clouds broke up, and I was greeted to mostly clear blue skies – just what I DIDN’T want!  Oh, well, I’d make do.  After adjusting the settings, I got some decent into the sun shots of a pretty long NR-2, which had empty stone cars on the head end (both Tilcon and O&G), and a cut of ethanol on the marker.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
REF#:02-20101122-420204365-_MG_1153.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:32:23
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:32:53
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
REF#:05-20101122-420204365-_MG_1194.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:33:15
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
REF#:06-20101122-1320706060-_MG_1118.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:29:49
Aperturef/18.0
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO100
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT

Then a couple going away shots, including one blur of ethanol tanks rolling past.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north through Red Top in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north through Red Top in Ledyard, CT
REF#:07-20101122-1320706060-_MG_1149.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:31:12
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 0.050 s (1/20)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO100
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north through Red Top in Ledyard, CT

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north through Red Top in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north through Red Top in Ledyard, CT
REF#:09-20101122-420204365-_MG_1217.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:35:26
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads north through Red Top in Ledyard, CT

After that last shot, I noticed something odd – they were slowing down.  Maybe NR-3 still had paper down to this end?  Whatever the situation was, I decided to head north to Stoddard Cove and get them heading north along the Thames.

After leap-frogging NR-2 at Dow, I happened to look to the north along the Thames in one of the gaps in the trees when something caught my eye.  It was a trio of headlights on the P&W side of the river!  Holy crap, NR-3 was actually SOUTHBOUND when they hit Jewett City!  So that explains why NR-2 slowed down – they stopped at MP5 waiting for NR-3.

After doing a quick (and legal) U-turn, I decided to head down to the small tidal pool near MP7 to get a shot  of NR3 coming south.  I got there just as they were coming by Stoddard Cove

Providence & Worcester train NR-3 heads south along Stoddard Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Providence & Worcester train NR-3 heads south along Stoddard Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
REF#:10-20101122-420204365-_MG_1236.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:43:54
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
Providence & Worcester train NR-3 heads south along Stoddard Cove and the Thames River in Ledyard, CT

Then a quick sprint to the other side of the water, to get a pretty nice reflection shot

PW NR-3 rollling along a tidal pool in Ledyard, CT
PW NR-3 rollling along a tidal pool in Ledyard, CT
REF#:11-20101122-1320706060-_MG_1155.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:11:22 13:41:10
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
PW NR-3 rollling along a tidal pool in Ledyard, CT

With that in the bag, now it was NR-2s turn again.  This time I went back to my original plan of Stoddard Cove.

I got there just as NR-3 was clearing up, making way for NR-2 to come north.  I got a few shots of NR-2 rolling past, including some backlit shots that I think came out pretty well.

PW NR2 appears near Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT
PW NR2 appears near Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT
REF#:12-20101122-420204365-_MG_1246.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 14:04:12
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
PW NR2 appears near Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT

PW NR-2 crosses the inlet to Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with the entire train in the frame.
PW NR-2 crosses the inlet to Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with the entire train in the frame.
REF#:13-20101122-420204365-_MG_1260.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2010:11:22 14:04:28
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
PW NR-2 crosses the inlet to Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with the entire train in the frame.

PW NR-2 rolling north past Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT
PW NR-2 rolling north past Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT
REF#:14-20101122-1320706060-_MG_1165.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:11:22 14:01:02
Aperturef/13.0
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO100
View in the gallery
PW NR-2 rolling north past Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT

Ethanol tanks on PW NR2 roll north past Stoddard Cove
Ethanol tanks on PW NR2 roll north past Stoddard Cove
REF#:15-20101122-1320706060-_MG_1191.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2010:11:22 14:02:00
Aperturef/14.0
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/1250)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO100
View in the gallery
Ethanol tanks on PW NR2 roll north past Stoddard Cove

With those in the cameras, I hiked back to the car, got a bite to eat, and headed back to the office.  Not a bad lunch hour, eh?

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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