Railroad Photography

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


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 […]

Brendan beginning to insert a new tie

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

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.


A Visit to the Essex Shop 3

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 […]

Chip cuts the firebox side of a superheater tube

Webster, Mass.

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. […]


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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]


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 […]

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

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2015 TRAINS Photo Contest

Imagine getting some great news that you’d love to share with everyone you know (and even more), but you can’t for a couple of months.  Well, that happened to me recently – and I’ll tell you, it’s been pretty hard keeping my yap shut.  A couple of months ago, I got a call at home […]