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9/9 – a PanAm birthday

With September 9th (otherwise known as my birthday) being a Friday this year, I took the day off with the intent of going out and shooting for most of the day.  Jill was at work, and the kids were in school, so I could have the bulk of the day to spend with my cameras.  The question was – where to go?  I thought a bit – I didn’t want to travel too far due to the price of gas, but I was getting a little tired of shooting the same-old, same-old on the New England Central and Providence & Worcester.  So I decided to head north a bit, and shoot at PanAm Railways’ East Deerfield, MA yard – it’s been some time since I’ve shot up around there (I think this was the last time here – back in 2009), so I figured a visit was in order.  Maybe I could catch something interesting on that mostly sunny Friday.  But as things turned out, perhaps heading north was the wrong decision…

With a fairly thick overcast overhead, I headed out of the house early to make the two hour trek up to East Deerfield, MA.  The weather forecast was calling for clearing later in the morning, moving from north to south, so I figured the skies would be at least brighter in East Deerfield.

By the time I got up to the railfan bridge at the west end of the yard, the skies were still overcast, but seemed to be a bit thinner.  Well, clouds never really bothered me, so I parked, grabbed my gear, and made my way up to the bridge to see what was going on.

Not long after I got up there, a lone GP40 was pulling out of the pit area – this turned out to be ED-2, and they were about to get their train together for a trip down the Connecticut River Line.

PanAm train ED-2 moves out of the pit to begin getting their train together in East Deerfield, MA
PanAm train ED-2 moves out of the pit to begin getting their train together in East Deerfield, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 08:33:45
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO800
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PanAm train ED-2 moves out of the pit to begin getting their train together in East Deerfield, MA

And while they were getting their train together, some other power was preparing down around the sand towers & pit area

Starting up a PanAm unit at East Deerfield
Starting up a PanAm unit at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 08:36:53
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
ISO800
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Starting up a PanAm unit at East Deerfield

 
PanAm power at the sand racks at East Deerfield
PanAm power at the sand racks at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 08:38:03
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
ISO800
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PanAm power at the sand racks at East Deerfield

While all that was going on, a couple other guys showed up – Matt Baj Jr. and Ian Clark.  We chatted for a while as ED-2 was continuing to get their train together

ED-2 getting their train together as another set of power comes out of the pit
ED-2 getting their train together as another set of power comes out of the pit
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 09:19:50
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO800
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ED-2 getting their train together as another set of power comes out of the pit

And as they were getting ready to leave the yard, EDSR’s power was pulling out of the pit area, and stopped at the crew trailer. (BTW, EDSR = East Deerfield to Saratoga, a detour train from the flooding damage)

ED-2 getting their train together as EDSR's power comes out of the pit
ED-2 getting their train together as EDSR's power comes out of the pit
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 09:22:08
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO800
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ED-2 getting their train together as EDSR's power comes out of the pit

ED-2 then got permission – and a favorable signal – from the District 3 dispatcher to head down the loop to the Connecticut River Line.

ED-2s conductor as they head down the loop for the Connecticut River Line
ED-2s conductor as they head down the loop for the Connecticut River Line
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 09:34:05
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO200
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ED-2s conductor as they head down the loop for the Connecticut River Line

ED-2s conductor smiles for the cameras as they head down the loop for the Connecticut River Line
ED-2s conductor smiles for the cameras as they head down the loop for the Connecticut River Line
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 09:34:11
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.013 s (1/80)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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ED-2s conductor smiles for the cameras as they head down the loop for the Connecticut River Line

 
ED-2 heads down the loop for the Connecticut River Line
ED-2 heads down the loop for the Connecticut River Line
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 09:34:38
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)122.00 (122/1)
ISO200
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ED-2 heads down the loop for the Connecticut River Line

Then the waiting began.  Luckily there were some folks around to chat with, passing the time.

Finally after a while, another lone GP-40, this time the power for ED-4, pulled into view past EDSR’s power, which was still sitting at the crew trailer.

PanAm train ED-4 pulls out of the pit
PanAm train ED-4 pulls out of the pit
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 10:36:58
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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PanAm train ED-4 pulls out of the pit

 
PanAm train ED-4 pulls out of the pit
PanAm train ED-4 pulls out of the pit
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 10:39:22
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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PanAm train ED-4 pulls out of the pit

As they were rolling along, they got permission from the District 3 dispatcher to head down the Greenfield Runner to get their train.  So off they went.  As a side note, at this point I noticed that the old signal bridge was removed, taking away a nice frame that I’ve used often.

ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars
ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 10:39:29
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)38.00 (38/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars

 
ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars
ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 10:42:17
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars

 
ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars
ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 10:42:35
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 moving down the Greenfield Runner to get some cars

After a bit, they came back with a cut of cars

ED-4 returning with cars
ED-4 returning with cars
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 11:25:57
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)148.00 (148/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 returning with cars

 
ED-4s conductor riding the shove into East Deerfield
ED-4s conductor riding the shove into East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 11:26:00
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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ED-4s conductor riding the shove into East Deerfield

And shoved them into the yard

ED-4 shoving into the yard at East Deerfield
ED-4 shoving into the yard at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 11:29:10
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)23.00 (23/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 shoving into the yard at East Deerfield

 
ED-4 working the yard with idling power in the background
ED-4 working the yard with idling power in the background
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 11:31:56
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 working the yard with idling power in the background

 
ED-4 and their reflection in a puddle
ED-4 and their reflection in a puddle
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 11:32:59
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 and their reflection in a puddle

 
ED-4 working East Deerfield yard
ED-4 working East Deerfield yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 11:50:42
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 working East Deerfield yard

At that point I decided to head out for lunch – not much else was going on, and I figured I’d be back in time to catch EDSR’s departure.

When I got back, not much had changed – the power was the same down by the crew trailer and the sand towers

Power at the pit and near the crew trailer in East Deerfield
Power at the pit and near the crew trailer in East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:25:34
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
ISO400
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Power at the pit and near the crew trailer in East Deerfield

And ED-4 was still working in the yard

ED-4 shoving down the middle of East Deerfield yard
ED-4 shoving down the middle of East Deerfield yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:26:29
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)280.00 (280/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 shoving down the middle of East Deerfield yard

And pulling under the railfan bridge

ED-4 putting their train together
ED-4 putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:39:49
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 putting their train together

 
ED-4 pulling past the old B&M caboose at East Deerfield
ED-4 pulling past the old B&M caboose at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:40:09
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 pulling past the old B&M caboose at East Deerfield

There were a few interesting cars in ED-4s train.  First was a PanAm painted gondola (with fairly fresh graffiti)

A PanAm painted gondola
A PanAm painted gondola
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:40:16
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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A PanAm painted gondola

A B&M gondola with scrap wheels in it

A B&M gondola with old wheels
A B&M gondola with old wheels
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:40:31
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)23.00 (23/1)
ISO200
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A B&M gondola with old wheels

An old wood decked B&M flat

An old B&M flat car
An old B&M flat car
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:40:41
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO200
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An old B&M flat car

And a PanAm boxcar

More of ED-4s consist
More of ED-4s consist
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:40:48
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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More of ED-4s consist

As they were working the yard, of course the frames kept going by.  A tele shot of them shoving back into the yard

ED-4 shoving back into the yard
ED-4 shoving back into the yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:41:12
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 shoving back into the yard

Then a chalk drawing on one of the cars

Chalk drawing on one of ED-4s cars - Dirty Bird
Chalk drawing on one of ED-4s cars - Dirty Bird
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:43:34
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Chalk drawing on one of ED-4s cars - Dirty Bird

As they were continuing to work the yard, a mother and her young son came driving into the yard so he could check out the action for a bit.

Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield
Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:52:16
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield

 
Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield
Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:53:30
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
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Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield

Then the PanAm boxcar came by again, this time with some not-so age appropriate graffiti

Some graffiti on a PanAm boxcar
Some graffiti on a PanAm boxcar
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:55:13
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)139.00 (139/1)
ISO400
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Some graffiti on a PanAm boxcar

But mom & son didn’t notice, and he was still watching the train roll by

Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield
Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:55:30
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO400
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Mom and son watching the action at East Deerfield

Walking back up to the bridge, I got a shot of ED-4 which screamed black & white to me (I love contrast, especially when shooting into the sun)

ED-4 in black & white
ED-4 in black & white
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:55:52
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)29.00 (29/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 in black & white

And one more of ED-4 working

ED-4 continuing to work the yard
ED-4 continuing to work the yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:56:45
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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ED-4 continuing to work the yard

A couple more looks at the gondola full of wheels

Another view of the old wheels
Another view of the old wheels
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:59:33
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO400
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Another view of the old wheels

 
Another view of the old wheels
Another view of the old wheels
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 12:59:38
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO400
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Another view of the old wheels

Just then, EDSR’s power started to move away from the crew trailer towards the tower

ED-4 shoving back, as EDSR (East Deerfield - Saratoga, NY) pulls down past the old tower
ED-4 shoving back, as EDSR (East Deerfield - Saratoga, NY) pulls down past the old tower
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:21:28
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)87.00 (87/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 shoving back, as EDSR (East Deerfield - Saratoga, NY) pulls down past the old tower

 
A westbound PanAm job - EDSR - pulls past the old tower at East Deerfield
A westbound PanAm job - EDSR - pulls past the old tower at East Deerfield
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:22:12
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO400
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A westbound PanAm job - EDSR - pulls past the old tower at East Deerfield

One final shot of ED-4 shoving back into the yard

ED-4 continues to work East Deerfield yard
ED-4 continues to work East Deerfield yard
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:17:57
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO400
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ED-4 continues to work East Deerfield yard

Then EDSR’s p0wer moves under the bridge, to head towards the yard and get their train together

EDSR's power about to go under the railfan bridge
EDSR's power about to go under the railfan bridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:20:51
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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EDSR's power about to go under the railfan bridge

 
EDSR's power about to go under the railfan bridge
EDSR's power about to go under the railfan bridge
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:21:06
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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EDSR's power about to go under the railfan bridge

 
EDSR's power passing the old B&M caboose
EDSR's power passing the old B&M caboose
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:22:46
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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EDSR's power passing the old B&M caboose

 
EDSR's power passing the switch to move to the adjacent track
EDSR's power passing the switch to move to the adjacent track
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:22:54
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)38.00 (38/1)
ISO200
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EDSR's power passing the switch to move to the adjacent track

But as they were shoving back towards the yard, the conductors decided to ham it up a bit and “pose” for the camera as they passed under the bridge.

The conductors on EDSR hamming it up, "posing" for the cameras.
The conductors on EDSR hamming it up, "posing" for the cameras.
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 13:24:01
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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The conductors on EDSR hamming it up, "posing" for the cameras.

At that point I had to leave due to “natural callings” that I couldn’t take care of by a tree.  By the time I got back, EDSR was still working on getting their train together.

EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:09:13
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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EDSR putting their train together

 
EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:09:27
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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EDSR putting their train together

 
EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
REF#:64-20110909-420204365-_MG_2033.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:10:25
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.002 s (1/500)
Focal Length (mm)122.00 (122/1)
ISO200
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EDSR putting their train together

 
EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
REF#:65-20110909-420204365-_MG_2041.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:10:52
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)122.00 (122/1)
ISO200
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EDSR putting their train together

And as they pulled west of the bridge, I got a nice higher contrast shot

EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:13:11
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
ISO200
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EDSR putting their train together

Then a little roof/fan detail, getting the front one spinning, while the other two sat still

Roof detail
Roof detail
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:19:18
Aperturef/13.0
Exposure Time 0.010 s (1/100)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
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Roof detail

And another one of just the power’s roofs:

EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:20:04
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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EDSR putting their train together

Then a couple black & white shots of them pulling away, throwing some smoke in the process

EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:23:00
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
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EDSR putting their train together

 
EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:23:26
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
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EDSR putting their train together

While watching the train roll by, something caught my eye on a GMRC boxcar.  Someone wrote a date on the roof – presumably when it was last repaired/rebuilt.

Date stamp on the top of a GMRC boxcar?
Date stamp on the top of a GMRC boxcar?
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:24:31
Aperturef/10.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
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Date stamp on the top of a GMRC boxcar?

Looking at the watch, I figured I had a couple hours left before I had to make my way back home, so I took one last shot of EDSR pulling away from the yard (but still getting their train together)

EDSR putting their train together
EDSR putting their train together
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 14:24:35
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO200
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EDSR putting their train together

And decided to call it quits.  Well, not entirely quits – I figured that I could catch up to ED-2 somewhere between East Deerfield and Springfield to get a few more shots in before I had to make my way home.  So it was southbound on Route 5 for me, with the scanner doing its thing.

Not long after I got onto Route 5, the dispatcher was asking for ED-2s location because PLED was in Springfield waiting to come north.  OK, this could get interesting…and listening to the scanner, ED-2 was only a few miles south of where I was, in Northampton, near the Mount Tom power plant.

I caught up to them near the Northampton town line, and got some shots of them pulling some cars south, then setting them out on the siding near the power plant, and finally heading light back north to get some scrap gondolas they had to bring south.

ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:24:48
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
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ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:25:21
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO200
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ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:25:37
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)168.00 (168/1)
ISO200
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ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:23:49
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
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ED-2 southbound in Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 prepares to drop their cars near the Mount Tom power station
ED-2 prepares to drop their cars near the Mount Tom power station
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:31:05
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
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ED-2 prepares to drop their cars near the Mount Tom power station

ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:47:51
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
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ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:48:17
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
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ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:46:20
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:46:25
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA

 
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:09:09 15:46:37
Aperturef/9.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)21.00 (21/1)
ISO200
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ED-2 northbound through Northampton, MA

With them heading back north, I decided to head back home.  Not a bad day overall.

But it could have been better.  Later that evening I got word that the Valley Railroad in Essex put the drivers, leading and trailing trucks under the 3025 that day.  It would have been nice if I could have photographed that, but alas, I can only be in one place.  Such is life.

Thanks for looking!
Tom

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