Two trains of empty cans


PW NR2Way back on June 8th I was able to get out and shoot a bit in the morning.  I intented to duck out and shoot Providence & Worcester train NR-2 along the Thames River.  But as things worked out, I ended up catching two P&W jobs in the Groton/New London area – both carrying empty ethanol tanks back to the New England Central Railroad.  A nice change of pace.

With a hole in my schedule I headed north out of Groton in search of P&W NR-2.  I figured the time I was heading out, I’d be able to set my sights on Stoddard Cove and start my chase there.  So up Route 12 I went.

As I pulled into the boat launch parking lot at Stoddard Cove, NR-2 informed the dispatcher that they were south of MP12, putting them a few minutes out.  A couple moments later Mark Shenking pulled in to also shoot.  But the question would be are they more than light power today? (the previous day, NR-2 was light power southbound).  Well, in a few minutes I got my answer – NR-2 was hauling 40 empty ethanol tank cars.

Providence & Worcester train NR-2 skirts along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with empty ethanol tanks in tow
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 skirts along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with empty ethanol tanks in tow
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:06:08 09:47:22
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Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 skirts along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with empty ethanol tanks in tow

 
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 skirts along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with empty ethanol tanks in tow
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 skirts along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with empty ethanol tanks in tow
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:06:08 09:47:56
Aperturef/11.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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Providence & Worcester train NR-2 skirts along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, CT with empty ethanol tanks in tow

Then as the tail end went by, I got a quick grab shot past the calm cove

The tail end of PW NR2 southbound along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard
The tail end of PW NR2 southbound along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 09:48:43
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
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The tail end of PW NR2 southbound along Stoddard Cove in Ledyard

After that, I headed south for some run-of-the-Mill Cove shots

PW NR2 southbound along Mill Cove in Ledyard
PW NR2 southbound along Mill Cove in Ledyard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 09:55:11
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)82.00 (82/1)
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PW NR2 southbound along Mill Cove in Ledyard

 

Then off to Goss Cove and the USS Nautilus overlook park, where some students were waiting at the crossing

A group of students watch PW NR2 pass by the Sub Force Museum in Groton
A group of students watch PW NR2 pass by the Sub Force Museum in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:03:38
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Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
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A group of students watch PW NR2 pass by the Sub Force Museum in Groton

And a wider shot with the sub

PW NR2 southbound past the USS Nautilus in Groton
PW NR2 southbound past the USS Nautilus in Groton
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:03:31
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)29.00 (29/1)
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PW NR2 southbound past the USS Nautilus in Groton

With that in the bag, the next stop was Fairview, where I got a standard telephoto shot

PW NR2 southbound with ethanol empties in Fairview yard
PW NR2 southbound with ethanol empties in Fairview yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:08:25
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)170.00 (170/1)
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PW NR2 southbound with ethanol empties in Fairview yard

And a wider one

PW NR2 southbound with ethanol empties in Fairview yard
PW NR2 southbound with ethanol empties in Fairview yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:08:24
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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PW NR2 southbound with ethanol empties in Fairview yard

But as the train passed, Rod leaned out the window and threw down a note.  The note said “PR3 coming with 40 more.”  So there was another P&W train in the picture – but this one was coming down the Shore Line!

First, though, I snapped a shot of a passing chalk drawing

Chalk drawing on NR2
Chalk drawing on NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:10:07
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
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Chalk drawing on NR2

Then it was over to Shaw’s Cove to hopefully catch NR2 making their way over to the NECR.

While waiting there, a westbound Acela passed through town, and over the Shaw’s Cove swing bridge.

A westbound Amtrak Acela through New London, CT
A westbound Amtrak Acela through New London, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:34:07
Aperturef/10.0
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Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
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A westbound Amtrak Acela through New London, CT

 
A westbound Amtrak Acela through New London, CT
A westbound Amtrak Acela through New London, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:34:13
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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A westbound Amtrak Acela through New London, CT

And while still waiting, I got a couple shots of the swing bridge in action

Shaw's Cove swing bridge in action
Shaw's Cove swing bridge in action
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:37:46
Aperturef/10.0
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Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
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Shaw's Cove swing bridge in action

 
Shaw's Cove swing bridge in action
Shaw's Cove swing bridge in action
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 10:42:46
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
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Shaw's Cove swing bridge in action

By that time, I had to start making my way back to the office – it would be some time before anything would move because in addition to Shaw’s being open, Thames was on its way to open for river traffic as well.

After taking care of what I needed to do at the office, I ventured back out over lunch to see if PR-3X had come into the picture yet.  Listening to the scanner gave me that information – they were around Mystic, heading west, but the odd thing was NR-2 was still sitting at Groton!

So I headed east to Palmer’s Cove to try and catch PR-3X there.  And just as I got to the parking lot,PR-3X appeared over the causeway on Palmer’s Cove

PW PR3X passes by Palmer's Cove in Groton, CT with empty ethanol
PW PR3X passes by Palmer's Cove in Groton, CT with empty ethanol
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:06:08 11:30:07
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)35.00 (35/1)
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PW PR3X passes by Palmer's Cove in Groton, CT with empty ethanol

Couldn’t have timed it any better!  With that in the bag, and from the sounds of things the Amtrak New London dispatcher was about to let NR-2 out of Groton and cross the river just ahead of PR-3X.  So I headed over to the edge of the Thames to get some across-the-river shots.

By the time I got there, NR-2 was already shoving back into the NECR yard.  I decided on doing a long shot – using the 70-200mm with the 1.4x teleconverter.  With that I got a shot of NR-2s power crossing the Winthrop Cove trestle as a US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable passed by

PW NR2 shoves empty ethanol tanks into the NECR New London yard as a US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable heads north in the Thames
PW NR2 shoves empty ethanol tanks into the NECR New London yard as a US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable heads north in the Thames
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 11:52:36
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
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PW NR2 shoves empty ethanol tanks into the NECR New London yard as a US Coast Guard rigid hull inflatable heads north in the Thames

And not long after that, PR-3X came into view, and I got a few shots of them shoving back into the yard as well – and also managed to fit in the USCG inflatable, along with a US Navy Police boat

PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2
PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 11:54:42
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)149.00 (149/1)
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PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2

 
PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2
PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 11:55:01
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO200
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PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2

 
PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2
PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:06:08 11:56:11
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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PW PR3X shoves 40 more empty ethanol tanks into the NECR in New London behind NR2

And that brought me to the end of my window over lunch, so it was back to the office.  Not a bad trip trackside.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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