An evening in Bound Brook


Back on February the 8th I had to go down to New Jersey for the day (training class at work).  So to avoid traffic, I hung around the area for a bit and headed north around 5:30ish, avoiding much of the traffic in the northern Garden State.  Since I only had a limited amount of time, I decided to head down to Bound Brook and see what I could shoot.  Well, as things turned out, I got some pretty cool shots.

It was a cloudy, cold & blustery morning when I got to the NJT station at Bound Brook.  Not long after getting there, an eastbound NJT run pulled into the station, and after exchanging passengers, continued east towards Newark.  Even with the usual consist, I still got a shot as they cleared the signals.

A Newark bound NJ Transit run heads east out of Bound Brook
A Newark bound NJ Transit run heads east out of Bound Brook
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 07:29:31
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO800
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A Newark bound NJ Transit run heads east out of Bound Brook

Then it was time to wait around.

Luckily I only had to wait about 10 minutes for Norfolk Southern train 20E to come into the picture.  I bagged two shots of them pulling through the interlocking, and past the station.

Norfolk Southern train 20E pulls through CP-BOUND BROOK in the early morning
Norfolk Southern train 20E pulls through CP-BOUND BROOK in the early morning
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 07:39:59
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)149.00 (149/1)
ISO800
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Norfolk Southern train 20E pulls through CP-BOUND BROOK in the early morning

 
NS 20E pulls past Bound Brook station
NS 20E pulls past Bound Brook station
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:02:08 07:39:25
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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NS 20E pulls past Bound Brook station

After they cleared, things died down and I headed to the office for the day.

Later in the evening, I headed back to Bound Brook.  Despite the lack of rail activity, the skies got rather interesting.  And I got a few shots of the clouds as they passed by, some of them revealing blue skies behind, and others showing some pretty dramatic colors.

The sun sets over CP-BOUND BROOK and the Conrail Lehigh Line
The sun sets over CP-BOUND BROOK and the Conrail Lehigh Line
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:02:08 16:46:22
Aperturef/16.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO200
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The sun sets over CP-BOUND BROOK and the Conrail Lehigh Line

 
An abstract view of the tower at Bound Brook and the dramatic sky
An abstract view of the tower at Bound Brook and the dramatic sky
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 16:48:30
Aperturef/16.0
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/1250)
Focal Length (mm)149.00 (149/1)
ISO200
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An abstract view of the tower at Bound Brook and the dramatic sky

 
Poles, clouds & snow showers - an ominous view at Bound Brook
Poles, clouds & snow showers - an ominous view at Bound Brook
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 16:49:22
Aperturef/16.0
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/1250)
Focal Length (mm)140.00 (140/1)
ISO200
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Poles, clouds & snow showers - an ominous view at Bound Brook

About another 10 minutes passed, and the Middlesex detector to the east went off.  Soon after that, a Conrail local appeared, and slowly approached CP-BOUND BROOK (NS 33K was in Manville yard working, so the Conrail had a stop signal).

A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK
A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 16:57:14
Aperturef/4.5
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)98.00 (98/1)
ISO400
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A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK

 
A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK
A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:02:08 16:56:41
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)23.00 (23/1)
ISO400
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A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK

But turning around 180 degrees gave me a dramatically different scene – the sun lighting up the clouds directly in front of the train!  And since I’m never one to give up a chance to shoot into the sun, I took the shot.

A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK into the setting sun
A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK into the setting sun
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:02:08 16:56:56
Aperturef/13.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)35.00 (35/1)
ISO400
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A Conrail local heads west towards CP-BOUND BROOK into the setting sun

Then it was the local’s turn to wait along with me.

About five minutes later, NS train 18N appeared in the distance

A Conrail local waits at CP-BOUND BROOK for NS train 33K to finish up in Manville yard, as NS train 18N comes into view in the distance
A Conrail local waits at CP-BOUND BROOK for NS train 33K to finish up in Manville yard, as NS train 18N comes into view in the distance
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 17:02:02
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)250.00 (250/1)
ISO800
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A Conrail local waits at CP-BOUND BROOK for NS train 33K to finish up in Manville yard, as NS train 18N comes into view in the distance

 
A Conrail local waits at CP-BOUND BROOK for NS train 33K to finish up in Manville yard, as NS train 18N approaches CP-BOUND BROOK
A Conrail local waits at CP-BOUND BROOK for NS train 33K to finish up in Manville yard, as NS train 18N approaches CP-BOUND BROOK
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 17:02:41
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)250.00 (250/1)
ISO800
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A Conrail local waits at CP-BOUND BROOK for NS train 33K to finish up in Manville yard, as NS train 18N approaches CP-BOUND BROOK

And passed by the local

NS train 18N passes by the local at Bound Brook
NS train 18N passes by the local at Bound Brook
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:02:08 17:02:53
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
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NS train 18N passes by the local at Bound Brook

With 18N clear, it was back to the waiting game.  But this time as I was waiting, the skies kept getting more interesting.  As the sun was setting, and the clouds passing by, I got a few shots of the train sitting at the interlocking in the fading light.

There's Fire in the Sky - The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook
There's Fire in the Sky - The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 17:04:45
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)250.00 (250/1)
ISO200
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There's Fire in the Sky - The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook

 
The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook
The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 17:12:57
Aperturef/13.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)149.00 (149/1)
ISO200
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The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook

 
The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook
The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:02:08 17:24:05
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
ISO200
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The setting sun lights up the sky behind the Conrail Local at Bound Brook

With the light nearly gone, and the tripod in the car, I decided it was time to embark on my 3.75 hour drive home.  So I packed the gear back into the rental, and made my way back north, and homeward bound.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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