Willimantic Round Trip


Almost a month ago I was out and about on a sunny Saturday.  Jill and the girls were out at a birthday party, and I was running errands around Willimantic.  But when the scanner lit up on the NECR channel, plans started to change.  But not entirely right away…

While driving through Willimantic, the scanner lit up with the NECR dispatcher giving a track warrant to what sounded like an extra 608, and it sounded like they were going up to State Line siding in Stafford to get some loaded ethanol.  The only question was where were they at?  Not knowing, I headed down to South Windham to get gas.

Just as I put the pump nozzle in the tank, I heard horns to the south – I guess they were closer than I thought!  And as the tank was about full, a lone FEC GP40 went rolling by me heading north.  OK, the chase was on!

Not exactly an eventful chase, but I managed to get them at the old Thread Mill/Frog Bridge, CERM entrance, Stafford Springs Diamond Ledge and up at State Line in Stafford.  And while they were up there, a job out of Palmer (I think it was 606, but I’m not positive) brought down a RMPX GP40 to add to 608’s power consist.  Then on the way south I bagged them at Diamond Ledge and Stafford Springs again, Willington, Merrow, Eagleville Dam and coming back south through Willimantic yard.  Not a bad way to spend the afternoon.  So here’s the shots from the chase:

New England Central train NERWNE, AKA 608, consisting of a lone Florida East Coast Railway GP40, heads north to pick up loaded ethanol at State Line siding in Stafford, CT
New England Central train NERWNE, AKA 608, consisting of a lone Florida East Coast Railway GP40, heads north to pick up loaded ethanol at State Line siding in Stafford, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 13:10:27
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO400
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New England Central train NERWNE, AKA 608, consisting of a lone Florida East Coast Railway GP40, heads north to pick up loaded ethanol at State Line siding in Stafford, CT

NECR 608 passing by the old American Thread Mills in Willimantic
NECR 608 passing by the old American Thread Mills in Willimantic
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 13:09:21
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 passing by the old American Thread Mills in Willimantic

NECR 608 northbound heading for the Frog Bridge in Willimantic
NECR 608 northbound heading for the Frog Bridge in Willimantic
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 13:10:52
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
ISO400
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NECR 608 northbound heading for the Frog Bridge in Willimantic

NECR 608 northbound past the CERM entrance in Willimantic
NECR 608 northbound past the CERM entrance in Willimantic
REF#:05-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7090.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 13:12:51
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound past the CERM entrance in Willimantic

NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:02:21
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)38.00 (38/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT

NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
REF#:07-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7110.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:02:36
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT

NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:04:56
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)107.00 (107/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT

NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
REF#:09-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7113.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:04:56
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT

NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT
REF#:10-20110312-420204365-_MG_9635.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:07:31
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound through Stafford Springs, CT

NECR 608 northbound over Diamond Ledge Road in Stafford Springs, CT
NECR 608 northbound over Diamond Ledge Road in Stafford Springs, CT
REF#:11-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7117.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:16:59
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
ISO200
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NECR 608 northbound over Diamond Ledge Road in Stafford Springs, CT

A NECR yard job brings an additional unit down to 608 at State Line in Stafford, CT
A NECR yard job brings an additional unit down to 608 at State Line in Stafford, CT
REF#:12-20110312-420204365-_MG_9646.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:24:43
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)107.00 (107/1)
ISO200
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A NECR yard job brings an additional unit down to 608 at State Line in Stafford, CT

A NECR yard job brings an additional unit down to 608 at State Line in Stafford, CT
A NECR yard job brings an additional unit down to 608 at State Line in Stafford, CT
REF#:15-20110312-420204365-_MG_9659.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:25:02
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)114.00 (114/1)
ISO200
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A NECR yard job brings an additional unit down to 608 at State Line in Stafford, CT

North Meets South - 608 with an FEC engine, meets the Palmer yard job with a CN engine.
North Meets South - 608 with an FEC engine, meets the Palmer yard job with a CN engine.
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:25:37
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
ISO200
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North Meets South - 608 with an FEC engine, meets the Palmer yard job with a CN engine.

With the train complete at the south end of State Line Siding, 608's conductor checks things out before leaving
With the train complete at the south end of State Line Siding, 608's conductor checks things out before leaving
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:44:48
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO200
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With the train complete at the south end of State Line Siding, 608's conductor checks things out before leaving

Now the train is complete at the south end of State Line Siding, ready to head south
Now the train is complete at the south end of State Line Siding, ready to head south
REF#:21-20110312-420204365-_MG_9753.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 14:45:38
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO200
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Now the train is complete at the south end of State Line Siding, ready to head south

608 southbound over Diamond Ledge Road in Stafford, CT
608 southbound over Diamond Ledge Road in Stafford, CT
REF#:22-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7130.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 15:13:10
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO400
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608 southbound over Diamond Ledge Road in Stafford, CT

608 southbound through Stafford Springs, CT
608 southbound through Stafford Springs, CT
REF#:23-20110312-420204365-_MG_9785.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 15:30:16
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)46.00 (46/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound through Stafford Springs, CT

608 southbound through Stafford Springs, CT
608 southbound through Stafford Springs, CT
REF#:24-20110312-420204365-_MG_9799.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 15:30:21
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound through Stafford Springs, CT

608 southbound through Willington, CT
608 southbound through Willington, CT
REF#:25-20110312-420204365-_MG_9814.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 15:42:16
Aperturef/5.6
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)250.00 (250/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound through Willington, CT

608 southbound through Willington, CT
608 southbound through Willington, CT
REF#:27-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7151.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 15:41:10
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound through Willington, CT

608 southbound through Merrow, CT
608 southbound through Merrow, CT
REF#:28-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7164.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 15:57:39
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/640)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound through Merrow, CT

608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
REF#:30-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7180.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:11:29
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT

608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
REF#:31-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7187.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:12:21
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)31.00 (31/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT

608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
REF#:32-20110312-1320706060-_MG_7200.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:12:49
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT

608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:14:17
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.001 s (1/800)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO800
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608 southbound along the Willimantic River and Eagleville Dam in Mansfield, CT

608 enters Willimantic yard as a Providence & Worcester unit sits shut down awaiting its trip back to Worcester, MA
608 enters Willimantic yard as a Providence & Worcester unit sits shut down awaiting its trip back to Worcester, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:57:51
Aperturef/4.5
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO800
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608 enters Willimantic yard as a Providence & Worcester unit sits shut down awaiting its trip back to Worcester, MA

608 heading south through Willimantic yard
608 heading south through Willimantic yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:57:01
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO800
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608 heading south through Willimantic yard

608 crossing over the Willimantic River
608 crossing over the Willimantic River
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:59:00
Aperturef/4.5
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO800
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608 crossing over the Willimantic River

608 heading under the Frog Bridge in Willimantic
608 heading under the Frog Bridge in Willimantic
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:59:23
Aperturef/4.5
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO800
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608 heading under the Frog Bridge in Willimantic

Tanks of ethanol stream past the PW unit
Tanks of ethanol stream past the PW unit
REF#:40-20110312-420204365-_MG_9952.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 16:59:43
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO800
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Tanks of ethanol stream past the PW unit

The tail end of the ethanol tanks clears Bridge Street
The tail end of the ethanol tanks clears Bridge Street
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 17:00:03
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO800
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The tail end of the ethanol tanks clears Bridge Street

608's markers head for the Willimantic River bridge as they head south to New London
608's markers head for the Willimantic River bridge as they head south to New London
REF#:42-20110312-420204365-_MG_0006.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:03:12 17:02:30
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)107.00 (107/1)
ISO800
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608's markers head for the Willimantic River bridge as they head south to New London


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Tom

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