Railroad Photography

Stories and photos of my railfanning around southern New England and beyond.

Gallery Exhibit – Hidden in Plain Sight

I’m pleased to announce that the Oliver O. Jensen Gallery in Essex, Connecticut will be hosting my solo photographic gallery exhibit, titled Hidden in Plain Sight this winter!  The exhibit will feature a number of prints showing the art hidden within the railroad in plain sight.  Please join me at the opening celebration/reception on the […]


Brendan beginning to insert a new tie

Hanging with the Track Gang 2

There’s lots to do around a tourist railroad to keep things rolling smoothly, both in a mechanical and aesthetic sense.  From carpentry, welding, or painting to brush clearing and trackwork – and all of that takes human effort to accomplish.  The Valley Railroad, based in Essex, Connecticut is no different.  But they have one asset that […]

Strasburg Rail Road Visit 3

Our family vacation brought us to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this year, and our itinerary included some hiking, Amish culture, brewpubs, pretzels and of course a little touch of railroading.  We spent a day around Strasburg, Pennsylvania visiting both the Strasburg Rail Road, as well as the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania – well, part of it anyway.

The 7pm passenger excursion on the Strasburg Rail Road heads back to the station a little before sunset.

Chip cuts the firebox side of a superheater tube

A Visit to the Essex Shop 4

We’ll go back a couple months for this post – back to the start of June, where I headed over to the Valley Railroad shop in Essex, Connecticut over lunch.  Why would I head there over lunch?  Well, I received word that there was some activity on No. 97 – one of the Valley Railroad’s […]

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. […]

Webster, Mass.

Valley Railroad fireman Bill F. throws a shovel full of coal onto No. 40's fire as the train was rolling north through Chester, Connecticut

Summertime inside a teakettle 3

Weather forecasts were calling for high temperatures approaching the 90s, coupled with fairly high humidity for Saturday July 30, 2016 – a pretty normal occurrence for mid-summer in southern New England.  Instead of seeking out the comfort of an air conditioned space, I headed out to do a little shooting – in an even warmer environment, the cab […]

A Providence & Worcester Railroad Gas Extra heads south through Plainfield, Conn. clearing some freshly fallen snow.

2015 – A year that couldn’t end fast enough

Two Thousand and Fifteen started out like most any other year for me – a busy schedule for the family/kids, a chock-full year at work, and lots of stuff in the ‘photo idea’ bin, coupled with some time to possibly take care of at least a few of those goals.  Then February hit, and my world […]

9 Years Ago Today

Let’s jump into the (not-so) wayback machine for a moment today, and go back exactly nine years ago – to December 4, 2006 (and about the same time as I’m posting this), where I had a pretty unique photographic opportunity.  Something unusual happened on the New England Central Railroad in Mansfield, Connecticut, and I would […]

Back in December 2006, the New England Central southbound out of

Valley Railroad Mikado No. 3025 leads a North Pole Express train over the Old Deep River Road crossing in Centerbrook, Connecticut.  This photo was inspired by two photos - done 30 and 60 years prior.  The latter being the Pincus/Hart Jr. work "Night Ride 1985" taken at the same crossing, and Link's "Luray Crossing, Virginia 1955"  Lighting was three Alien Bee B800s and a Lumedyne 200 w/s

Inspiration and Execution 1

As artists, we undeniably use other people’s work to stoke the creative fires inside our own imaginations.  Whether it’s re-making a photo that has been done before, taking pieces from multiple works and mashing them together into something of your own or just using it as motivation to move in a different direction, it’s all […]