My Top 12 of ’13

 Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No 40 heads north through Chester, Connecticut with a trainload of passengers visiting with Santa and his elves on the wildly popular North Pole Express.First off, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.  Hopefully everyone had a safe and joyous Christmas and holiday season.  And to kick off the new year, I figured I’d pull together a recap of my 2013 photographic ramblings along the rails of the northeast – well, one favorite from each month, that is.  Last year wasn’t exactly a stellar year for shooting, quantitatively speaking – only managing to get out a few times a month over the entire year, but I did get some decent stuff in those limited times trackside – including shots of CSX, Norfolk Southern, Providence & Worcester, PanAm Railways and the Valley Railroad.  I went through and picked out my favorite shot from each month of the year, and I figured I’d talk a bit about each one here.  So grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy what you’re reading and seeing!

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Getting back into the swing of things…

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.

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The Single Digit Stroll

The start of January 2013 brought some cold temperatures to Connecticut, and it also brought some vacation time to me.  On the third day of the new year – a day that started out with the mercury diving to about 5°F – I decided to head out for some train shooting.  And me being the glutton for punishment, I figured my first shot should involve a good 10 minute walk along the Thames River.  What the hell, I was on vacation…

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A hike, a cliff and two trains

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.

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Two trains in one shot

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.

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A hike in the wind

What I’d do for my photography.  On Tuesday I had a small hole in the schedule, so I decided to head out for a nice, nearly mile-long hike along the Thames River to catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2.  That was all fine and good, but I neglected to remember that we were coming off of a night that had temperatures dipping down into the low twenties, and a morning with a stiff northerly wind.  But undaunted by the elements – or apparent lack of preparation in my clothing choices – I made my hike and got my photos.  And, yes, I’m trying to get back into the swing of regular postings.  Hopefully the dry-spell is over and you’ll see stuff here on a more regular basis.  Well, at least less than sporadic…heh…

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March issue of TRAINS and Railfan & Railroad magazines

Now that they’ve started to hit subscribers’ mailboxes, I figured a note here was in order.  I’ve got two articles appearing in the March 2012 issues of the two largest railroad magazines.  First is a short piece and a photo in TRAINS as a part of their Funky Freights feature about some of the shipments the Providence & Worcester makes to Electric Boat in Groton.  And second is my Valley Railroad article featuring the rebuilding of No. 3025 which appears in Railfan & Railroad.  But in addition to the article – which ended up spanning 8 pages in the final layout of the magazine – I landed the front cover!  Third magazine cover overall for me (Railpace and Railroad Explorer were the other two), but this was my first time on R&R’s cover!  So if you don’t subscribe, head down to your local hobby shop or bookstore/newsstand and pick up a copy.  Feel free to let me know what you think of the two articles here, or drop me an email.

And stay tuned for a photo-heavy post from the NECR/PW/CN office car special that ran between St. Albans, VT and Worcester, MA on February 7, 2012.


Hiking along the Thames

Last week I had a chance to not only get out and shoot for a bit, but I also worked a nice 1.5 mile hike in as well.  The only downside to that is I only got to shoot from one location.  But that’s OK – I think things worked out just fine at that one location.

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First time with the 4005

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.

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July 26th NR-2 – EMDs in the lead

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.

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