The next edition of Trackside with TRAINS.com is up on the magazine’s website. This time around the theme was “Industrial Scene” – something I don’t have much material on at this point. So I dug through the archives and grabbed a shot of a loaded Johnson City bound coal train on the New England Central Railroad in Willimantic, CT from back in early 2006. The “industrial” part is the former American Thread Mills in the background as the train heads north with a train load of coal from the port of Providence, RI. Head here to vote for your favorite (or mine). If you’re wondering why the train, running on the New England Central, has Providence & Worcester power, the answer is quite simple. This was the first set of trains to run over the Green Mountain Gateway – a collaboration between Canadian Pacific, Vermont Rail System, New England Central and the Providence & Worcester Railroad to provide an alternate gateway into New England. This also provides a direct connection to the Port of Providence, RI for both inbound and outbound shipments. The coal was inbound from South America, and currently the Port of Providence is receiving unit trains of ethanol (originating in the midwest) that is being, in part, shipped out on barges.