Hey everyone! Yep, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here on the old blog. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out shooting – just the opposite! Granted, I’m not out every day like I have been in the past – life gets in the way much too easily these days – but I have been getting out to shoot the railroading scene here in southeastern Connecticut from time to time. While I continue to collect my thoughts, and decide what to post up here next, I figured I’d put up a post with a smattering of photos from the first half of 2013. Scroll on down, and check out 17 shots from earlier this year.
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.
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.
This past Monday started out with a pretty heavy fog hanging over most of the Thames River valley in southeast – making for some nice photo possibilities. But by the time Providence & Worcester train NR-2 made their way south, the fog usually lifts and is out of the picture, so to speak. At least on my way in, the New England Central was working and I managed to grab one frame as the train backed into the thick low-hanging cloud.
The Providence & Worcester Railroad recently acquired three former Burlington Northern Santa Fe GE B40-8W locomotives. One of those – now numbered P&W 4005 – has recently received a new paint job, putting the former warbonnet into P&W chocolate and orange. And after one other trip down this way, I got a chance to photograph the widecab while on the point of train NR-2.
The next installment of the backlog clearing is from the 26th of July, when I caught a pretty good sized Providence & Worcester train NR-2 at a couple spots along the Thames River. The only remarkable thing about this train – despite the length – is that the lead power was a pair of EMD GP38s – something unusual for the P&W in this area of the system, where the GEs are usually the power of choice.
Between family commitments, a bout with a flu-like bug (putting me in bed for 4 days), and Hurricane Irene’s power outage (6 days for us), I’ve once again fallen a bit behind on the old Blog here. But never fear, it’s time to catch up on the posts. Granted, I haven’t had a chance to shoot all that much lately, but here’s the first installment of the backlog – from back on July 20th.
Way back on June 8th I was able to get out and shoot a bit in the morning. I intented to duck out and shoot Providence & Worcester train NR-2 along the Thames River. But as things worked out, I ended up catching two P&W jobs in the Groton/New London area – both carrying empty ethanol tanks back to the New England Central Railroad. A nice change of pace.
Been a little while since I’ve posted anything from the railroad front. So to start things flowing again, I figured I’d prime the pump – so to speak – with a bunch of shots from June. Included here are a couple day’s worth of shots – one of Providence & Worcester train NR-2 and the other of an Amtrak Acela. Nothing out of the ordinary, but hey, it’s something!
Last Friday was a pretty good day, photographically speaking. I ended up taking the day off from work for a couple reasons – first, later in the evening I was putting on a presentation about the railroads along the Thames River for the Northeast Prototype Modeler’s Meet out in Collinsville, CT (BTW, if you’re a modeler, specifically interested in the prototype aspects of the hobby, this meet is one you don’t want to miss – some great workshops & examples!). But earlier in the day, I wanted to get a couple specific photos to add to the show – one on the New England Central Railroad, and the other on the Providence & Worcester. Well, because the NECR job got set back due to the tornado up in Monson, MA, so my only shot was with the P&W. I did manage to get that shot and add it to the show (the first one below). I also ran into a couple other fans, and chased NR2 as far west as Black Point in Niantic. All in all, a fun morning running around with the cameras.