Time for part 3 of the Lerro Productions 2012 Valley Railroad photo charter – the final installment. Part 1 (first day with the freight consist) is here, and part 2 (night shoot) is here if you missed those posts. The second day of the charter featured what is more familiar to the rails along the Connecticut River – a passenger consist. Of course, the weather continued to not cooperate with the plans for the day, and got the attendees a bit more damp…OK, damp may not be a strong enough word. Maybe soaking wet… But like the previous day, it led to some more interesting shots that wouldn’t have really been possible on a nice and sunny May day.
The day started out quite early, even after a long day and night of shooting. We had to get to Essex well before dawn – as in 4:30am – to check in on the train for the day’s fun. So after taking literally a 3 hour nap in Old Lyme, we hit the road a little before 4am – giving us time to swing by the 24 hour Dunkin’ Donuts in Old Saybrook for a bit of breakfast and much needed coffee before boarding the train.
With bagels, donuts and coffees in hand, we headed up to Essex to find the train waiting at the station as the rain fell. We boarded, checked in and grabbed some seats – with the heavy overcast and downpours, the dawn shots that were planned were cancelled, so we took some time to rest a bit in the station. But once we got moving, it was non-stop photos like the day before. Sure we hit the same spots, but boy were things different this time around. From the downpour at Broadway, to having the tide be out at Deep River Creek so we could walk out into the marsh quite a few different angles were afforded.
And speaking of different angles – while we were shooting at Broadway, Lee Carlson, who was chasing the train taking photos for the Valley Railroad, came up to me with an idea. He offered to take Bob LaMay and I in his car down to Chester Creek to shoot the train passing over the bridge there – giving us a shot the other participants wouldn’t have. Of course we accepted the offer, and once we were done at Broadway, we got into Lee’s car and headed to the marina by the creek bridge. As the train passed, we did get a few puzzled looks from the folks on the train… After we took the shots, Lee brought us to the next location at Chester station, where we re-joined the group for the rest of the day.
All in all it was a great two days – very tiring, but I came away with quite a few great shots. If you ever have a chance to join a Lerro Productions photo charter – all I can say is do it. It’ll be a grueling schedule, but in the end it’ll be worth the effort. Truly a great job by Pete and his crew!
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- Just after dawn, 3025 does a runby at Essex stationRunby in the rain at Pratt Cove in Deep RiverRunby in the rain at Pratt Cove in Deep RiverBob LaMay gets a shot across Pratt Cove in Deep RiverRunby in the rain at Pratt Cove in Deep RiverComing out of Tate's Cut in Deep RiverComing out of Tate's Cut in Deep RiverComing out of Tate's Cut in Deep RiverKen and Chase check out the actionComing out of Tate's Cut in Deep RiverStew watching over the participants as the train passes byChase watching the participantsRunby in Deep River3025 passing by the Deep River stationSteaming up Tate's Cut in Deep RiverRunby in Deep RiverStew on the last car of the trainKen and Chase on 3025Steaming up Tate's CutSteaming up Tate's Cut
- Paul makes sure the track is clear as 3025 approachesZoom pan of 3025 crossing Deep River Creek on the Deep River/Chester town lineZoom pan of 3025 crossing Deep River Creek on the Deep River/Chester town line3025 crossing over Chester Creek in the rainZoom pan of 3025 through the meadow in EssexPassing by Goodspeed station in HaddamIn the pouring rain at Broadway in Haddam, CTIn the pouring rain at Broadway in Haddam, CTApproaching Chester CreekOver the Creek The Lerro Productions Valley Railroad photo charter rolls over Chester Creek on their way south. Thanks to Lee Carlson for making this photo possible for Bob LaMay and myself, as it wasn't on the regular list of stops. This is also one of the very few photos I've used the lens correction function - taken with a 15mm fisheye, and de-fished in Lightroom.Summing up the day - raincoats and steam. 3025 in Chester doing a runby in the rainRunby in ChesterThe group gathers at Chester for some more scenesThe distinctive "Indiana Jones" hat worn by none other than Steve Barry of Railfan & Railroad magazine inside the Chester station on the Lerro Productions photo charter on the Valley Railroad.Looking through the window of Chester Station of 3025The group gathers at Chester for some more scenesThe New Haven Lives Fireman Chase Smith brings "New Haven" 3025 in for a coupling on a New Haven boxcar in Essex, CT. The crew was moving equipment around for the final pose of the Lerro Productions photo charter on the Valley Railroad in Essex, CT.3025 at the Dickinson building in EssexChase signaling to 3025 to make the hitchBruce at the throttle Photo of Valley Railroad engineer Bruce Edgerton at the controls of No 3025 on the second day of the Lerro Productions photo charter.
- Chase riding the shove3025 and an Edsel at Essex3025 and an Edsel at EssexBruce oiling up 3025s running gearBruce oiling up 3025s running gear3025 and an Edsel at Essex3025 and an Edsel at EssexFace in a puddle One of the last shots I took on the Lerro charter was this wet portrait of 3025 in Essex.3025 at the Dickinson building3025 at the Dickinson building