A First – NARCOA on the P&W 6


The saying goes, there’s a first for everything.  It can be the first time you use a piece of equipment, in my case the first time I used a new camera body, or the first time photographing a piece of railroad equipment, or even the first time something ran on a decades-long dormant branch line.  On August 6, 2016 another first occurred – a private rail motorcar group held a sanctioned group run on the Providence & Worcester Railroad between Worcester, Mass. and Versailles, Conn.

The group that organized the event, and arranged the run with the railroad, was the North American Railcar Operators Association – also known as NARCOA.  The two-day ride was scheduled to traverse the Providence & Worcester’s Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Massachusetts and Connecticut on Saturday, and Sunday would feature a ride down the Main Line from Massachusetts into Rhode Island.  I was only able to cover the southbound trip from Worcester to Versailles on the first day.

Railcar operators from around the country gathered at the P&W’s headquarters in Worcester, Mass. Friday evening where they set their cars onto the rails for the following day’s runs.  About 30 motocars were in the group, and varied in styles from open two-person putt-putts to hyrail equipped pickup trucks.

The group left the P&W base around 8:30am on Saturday, and started making their way south on the Norwich Branch.  A quick restroom stop was made at the railroad’s May Street signal maintenance facility in Putnam, Connecticut.  With the call of nature answered, the group proceeded south towards the P&W’s Plainfield terminal, where they would switch over to the Willimantic Branch, and head towards Versailles.

Of course, as everything on the railroad goes, plans can go awry.  Right over the switch from the Norwich Branch to the Willimantic Branch, a rather large tree decided to fall onto the tracks, completely blocking the cars’ path.  But the P&W employee escort, along with one of the riders, had chainsaws with them.  About 45 minutes of cutting with everyone pitching in to move the cut debris, and the route was again clear for movement onto the Willimantic Branch.

The group continued down the line, and eventually stopped at Paper Mill Road in the Versailles section of Sprague, where they turned their motorcars for the trip back to Worcester.

Below is the entire set of photos – 145 in all – and you can click on each to see a larger version.  Clicking the link will also bring you to where you can purchase prints by clicking on the red “Buy Prints Now” button.  Also, if you order prints before September 1, 2016, you can get 10% off your entire order – just use the coupon code SPEEDER10 at checkout!

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Thanks for checking it out!
Tom

 Bill R. of the Providence & Worcester Railfan Club gets things ready before the speeder group

Bill R. of the Providence & Worcester Railfan Club gets things ready before the speeder group’s arrival in Webster

 Bill R. of the Providence & Worcester Railfan Club gets things ready before the speeder group

Bill R. of the Providence & Worcester Railfan Club gets things ready before the speeder group’s arrival in Webster

 The group approaching Main Street in Webster

The group approaching Main Street in Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Main Street, Webster

Main Street, Webster

 Wilsonville Road, Thompson

Wilsonville Road, Thompson

 Wilsonville Road, Thompson

Wilsonville Road, Thompson

 Wilsonville Road, Thompson

Wilsonville Road, Thompson

 Wilsonville Road, Thompson

Wilsonville Road, Thompson

 Wilsonville Road, Thompson

Wilsonville Road, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 French River, Thompson

French River, Thompson

 May Street, Putnam

May Street, Putnam

 Bathroom stop at May Street, Putnam, Conn.

Bathroom stop at May Street, Putnam, Conn.

 Bathroom stop at May Street, Putnam, Conn.

Bathroom stop at May Street, Putnam, Conn.

 Cleaning the windshield at the bathroom stop in Putnam, Conn.

Cleaning the windshield at the bathroom stop in Putnam, Conn.

 Route 12, Danielson

Route 12, Danielson

 Route 12, Danielson

Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

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Route 12, Danielson

 Route 12, Danielson

Route 12, Danielson

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

Wauregan Grain, Wauregan, Conn

 Route 12, Central Village

Route 12, Central Village

 Route 12, Central Village

Route 12, Central Village

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Route 12, Central Village

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Route 12, Central Village

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Route 12, Central Village

 Route 12, Central Village

Route 12, Central Village

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Route 12, Central Village

 A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

 A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

 A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

 A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

A rather large fallen tree blocking the Norwich and Willimantic Branches in Plainfield

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 The fallen tree slowly being cut up and carted away

The fallen tree slowly being cut up and carted away

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

A Providence & Worcester Railroad employee cutting up the fallen tree.

 The fallen tree slowly being cut up and carted away

The fallen tree slowly being cut up and carted away

 Now on the Willimantic Branch in Plainfield

Now on the Willimantic Branch in Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

Lowes Way, Packers Pond, Plainfield

 Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

 Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

 Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

 Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

 Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

Ross Hill Road, Lisbon

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

 Paper Mill Road, Sprague

Paper Mill Road, Sprague

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