And we continue on with the blog updates – hooray! Here’s Part 2 of the Lerro Productions 2012 Valley Railroad Photo Charter (part 1 is here), which was the night photo session – something that you all know is near and dear to my heart. Things were a bit different than the usual night photo sessions I’ve taken part in before, but that led to some interesting results.
Continue reading Valley Railroad Photo Charter – Part 2 of 3
Yes, it’s been a while since the last “real” photo blog post. So we’ll go back in time here to May when I attended a three part, two day photo charter on the Valley Railroad in Essex, CT (I mentioned this charter back in this post about turning VALE 3025 in Old Saybrook). The charter was put on by Lerro Productions of Pennsylvania and featured the Valley’s newest locomotive – former Chinese SY, now New Haven-ized No. 3025 pulling around a pair of trainsets over the two days. The first day was to have a freight train, and the second day a passenger consist, then sandwiched in between those two was to be a night shoot for a smaller group of photographers. Here’s the story from the first day of running up and down the Connecticut River valley along the former New Haven Railroad in the rain.
Continue reading Valley Railroad Photo Charter – Part 1 of 3
Howdy folks! Yeah, it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted here – been busy at work and at home, so not much time for shooting and posting. But wanted to pass along an event coming up soon. I’ll be presenting a slide show for the Amherst Railway Society at their meeting on October 16, 2012 in Amherst, MA. The subject of my presentation this time around is “Traveling with my Cameras” and is centered around the photos I’ve taken while on business trips. We’ll explore railroading in areas of Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and cover railroads from Class 1s like Norfolk Southern and CSX to small regional and tourist operations like New Hope & Ivyland, Black River & Western and Penn Eastern. I’ll also have some merchandise available for sale – including a 2013 calendar featuring some of the photos from the slideshow! Also, I’ll have a few of my Valley Railroad 3025 prints with me – don’t forget that the sales of these prints directly benefits the Friends of the Valley Railroad! Details on those prints can be found here.
Thanks & hope to see some of you on the 16th of October!
Continuing on the posts from the past, we’ll go back another month – to the start of April 2012 where I took a hike up to Poquetanuck Cove on the Preston/Ledyard town line. It was a nice day, and I could not only enjoy a nice walk along the river, but also sit on the edge of a small cliff and get a few photos along the Thames River.
Continue reading A hike, a cliff and two trains
Here we go folks – starting to clear out the backlog of posts! For this first post in quite a while, we’ll go back to the beginning of May 2012 where the Providence & Worcester Railroad took Valley Railroad Mikado No 3025 for a spin around Amtrak’s Old Saybrook wye – which also brought it under the wires of Amtrak’s electrified Shore Line.
Continue reading Back in May – Turning 3025
Recently I put on a slideshow for the New England/Northeast Railroad Prototype Modeler’s Meet in Canton, CT. The show was titled “Beyond Mikado Reborn” and featured photos that appeared in my article in the March 2012 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine, as well as many others that didn’t make it into the article. It’s a retrospective look back at the reconstruction of the Valley Railroad’s 2-8-2 No 3025 over about the last year of the project. The slideshow also includes a number of photos of the Mikado in action – from her first night in revenue service, to some photos from the Lerro Productions photo charter in May 2012.
Continue reading Slideshow – Beyond Mikado Reborn
For those of you in the eastern Connecticut area, I’d like to invite you to the Photographer’s Reception at the Marlborough Arts Center in Marlborough, Connecticut Friday evening, the 13th of April. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m exhibiting six photographs in the Center’s first annual Photography Expo, and there’s a great variety of other work there as well from a number of area photographers. Also, there is a raffle and silent auction taking place which will benefit the Arts Center – one of the prizes is a large print (11×17 matted and framed to 16×20) I donated of the Providence & Worcester skirting along the Thames River in the snow. The reception goes from 7 to 9pm, and appetizers, punch and wine will be provided – of course, I’ll be there all evening. Also, a guitarist will be playing during the reception. All the info is on the card pictured below.
If you haven’t been down yet, this is a great opportunity to head down, check out the photos, and chat with the photographers. I hope to see some of you there Friday evening!
Marlborough Arts Center 2012 Photo Expo Invitation
A small invitation card I did for my exhibit at the 2012 Marlborough Arts Center Photo Expo in Marlborough, CT. Info about the exhibit, as well as the photographer's reception, is on the card. More can be found on my blog:
I had the pleasure of being invited to the Connecticut Southern Railroad’s Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for their new offices and locomotive/car shops in Hartford, CT on April 5, 2012 – not only as a guest, but also as a photographer. And with a lunch from Black Eyed Sally’s included, how could I miss it? BBQ and trains on a spring day…oh, yeah, well worth burning a vacation day at work.
Continue reading CSOR Hartford Shops Grand Opening Ceremony
Managed to find a little time for a walk this morning, so I decided to head up to Poquetanuck Cove again on the Preston/Ledyard line and get a mile of walking in. It was a little breezy, but not as windy as it was last week (here’s that post), so I could actually feel my hands and ears by the time I got up to the cove. But in addition to that, I had a couple nice surprises with the arrival of the train – and not just its consist.
Continue reading Two trains in one shot
On Friday March 30th, the Providence & Worcester Railroad ran an extra from Worcester, MA to Willimantic, CT to handle the interchange traffic to and from the New England Central Railroad. It turned out to be a very nice day, weather-wise, and with summer hours upon us here at work, I decided to take advantage of the open afternoon and chase the train between Plainfield, CT and Willimantic, making many stops along the way – some familiar, and some more experimental. Overall, I think they all worked rather well.
Continue reading P&W Willimantic Extra