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Office Car Special on the Providence & Worcester

Going a bit out of order with today’s post.  On October 19, 2011 the member railroads of the Green Mountain Gateway – Canadian Pacific, Vermont Rail System, New England Central and Providence & Worcester – ran an office car special between Rutland, VT and Worcester, MA.  The train, carrying VIPs from all the member railroads, was touring the entire route, and I was able to catch part of their run over the P&W’s Willimantic Branch between Windham and Lisbon, CT.  Sure, it was a rainy, dreary day, but there was some color in the trees, and my Canon 50D does well at higher ISOs.

Despite the on and off rain showers the day brought, I headed out to shoot the OCS as it made its way across the Willimantic Branch.  I started out near the Scotland Dam on the Shetucket River in Windham, and chased them east from there, shooting them in Baltic, Versailles and then wrapping up in Lisbon.  Lots of enthusiastic waves from the observation car as they passed – maybe they thought I was an idiot for standing out in the rain.  But, hey, at least I documented the move.

And speaking of that, here’s the photos.

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 15:53:36
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 15:54:09
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 15:54:37
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special skirts along the Shetucket River on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through a cut near Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through a cut near Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 15:54:45
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through a cut near Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through a cut near Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through a cut near Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 15:54:50
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through a cut near Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east past Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east past Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 15:54:46
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east past Scotland Dam on the P&W's Willimantic Branch in Windham, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:12:55
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)157.00 (157/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT
REF#:11-20111019-420204365-_MG_9058.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:12:59
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)93.00 (93/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT
REF#:12-20111019-1320706060-_MG_8955.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:12:42
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special passing through Baltic, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through Baltic, CT with waves from the observation car
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through Baltic, CT with waves from the observation car
REF#:13-20111019-1320706060-_MG_8958.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:12:56
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads through Baltic, CT with waves from the observation car

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special continues east through Baltic, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special continues east through Baltic, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:13:30
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)200.00 (200/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special continues east through Baltic, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special through Versailles, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special through Versailles, CT
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:18:11
Aperturef/5.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special through Versailles, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Versailles, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Versailles, CT
REF#:19-20111019-1320706060-_MG_8966.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:17:52
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Versailles, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special eastbound through Versailles, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special eastbound through Versailles, CT
REF#:20-20111019-420204365-_MG_9119.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:18:31
Aperturef/5.0
Exposure Time 0.004 s (1/250)
Focal Length (mm)100.00 (100/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special eastbound through Versailles, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special appearing in Lisbon, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special appearing in Lisbon, CT
REF#:21-20111019-1320706060-_MG_8990.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:37:41
Aperturef/6.3
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/400)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special appearing in Lisbon, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT
REF#:24-20111019-1320706060-_MG_9028.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:38:49
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)179.00 (179/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT among the fall foliage
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT among the fall foliage
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Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:39:30
Aperturef/5.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT among the fall foliage

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT
REF#:26-20111019-420204365-_MG_9153.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 50D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:39:48
Aperturef/5.0
Exposure Time 0.005 s (1/200)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT

A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT with a nice wave from the observation car
A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT with a nice wave from the observation car
REF#:27-20111019-1320706060-_MG_9040.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 40D
Date Taken2011:10:19 16:39:32
Aperturef/7.1
Exposure Time 0.003 s (1/320)
Focal Length (mm)107.00 (107/1)
ISO1600
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A joint Providence & Worcester, New England Central, Vermont Rail System and Canadian Pacific office car special heads east through Lisbon, CT with a nice wave from the observation car


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Thanks for looking!
Tom

12 comments to Office Car Special on the Providence & Worcester

  • i to must have look like a fool out in the rain,but thats ok its not the first time,great shoots.

  • Thanks Tom, from the number of vantage points you were able to drive (and climb up) to the train must have been moving about 10 mph – or has the recent work raised speeds? George

    • Still all 10 between Willimantic and Versailles, and 10 most of the way between Versailles and Plainfield. Still have a good amount of work to do to bring speeds up, but I heard the aim is 25MPH the whole way in the near future.

  • Joe McDonough

    Tom:

    Great shops, as usual. When did the P & W get # 4005? I don’t recall having seen any photos of your’s of it.

    Joe McDonough

  • I think my favorite is the 4th one down from the top, looking at the coaches heading away from the camera through the rock cut (the one where you can see the locomotive and the first car.) I saw the first photo and thought that the consist looked really strange, but its growing on me pretty fast. . .that P&W scheme really compliments the lines of the locomotive well, and the red/brown provides some really interesting color contrasts with the green and the reds/oranges in the trees. Its also interesting looking at the very angular lines on the locomotive – they’re completely opposite the curved, rounded lines in nature, and just about everything else around the train. This is a really cool set!

  • Eric White

    Tom, wonderful pictures, thank you. Also the side tip re not using a filter, going to use that one!

  • Marcel

    Some great shots Tom.

  • Tom, very nice photos. I have always liked a wet New England fall day. There is something about the dark skies that brings a warmth to the foliage. I think the P&W scheme looks great on that new unit too.

  • Great stuff here Tom! Nice work. Who says you need sunny days for great shots?

  • Bryce lee

    I see your name and think of a horse that was once a member of your family.

    Although the smell of expurgated diesel fumes were in the air have often thought, given the rustic flavour,
    perhaps a dapper steam powered Mogul with slide valves would have been nice on the head end. Nostalgia, eh?

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