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.
Going a bit out of order with today’s post. On October 19, 2011 the member railroads of the Green Mountain Gateway – Canadian Pacific, Vermont Rail System, New England Central and Providence & Worcester – ran an office car special between Rutland, VT and Worcester, MA. The train, carrying VIPs from all the member railroads, was touring the entire route, and I was able to catch part of their run over the P&W’s Willimantic Branch between Windham and Lisbon, CT. Sure, it was a rainy, dreary day, but there was some color in the trees, and my Canon 50D does well at higher ISOs.
On the last day of June, I took the day off to fix my car (emissions system was throwing a code, and the inspection was due). Once I fixed it, and had it tested for emissions (it passed), I decided to see if I could find any trains in the area to shoot. It was a nice sunny day, so why not?
Yesterday was the annual trip of the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts’ Circle Tour of southern New England. The trip, operated by the Providence & Worcester, ran passengers from Worcester, MA, over to Providence, RI, down to Groton, CT then back up to Worcester to complete the three state circle trip. Of course, as things usually go, I had family commitments that took precedence over shooting this train. But once those were finished up, I had a chance to get out and catch them at one spot on their trip north from Groton. And it was at a spot that I had never been to before.
Finally getting through the backlog, and starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A couple weeks ago I took Thursday the 23rd off from work for a couple reasons. First, my oldest daughter had a half day from school, and the youngest one had a doctor’s appointment. Since my wife hasn’t cloned herself yet (appt. was at the same time as the bus was dropping off), I had to get the big one off of the bus. But with some time before that happened, I headed out first thing in the morning to Plainfield to meet up with Nick Palazini and hopefully chase the two Providence & Worcester jobs that run south out of there – NR-2 and NR-3. But as with anything railroad related, nothing goes as planned.
Today was my 39th birthday. So to celebrate, I took the day off from work. For the first part of the day I chased Providence & Worcester train NR-2 from Lisbon to Groton, CT. Then I went home for a while. Then I decided to head out again, this time with my wife & youngest daughter. And we headed north to catch the New England Central, and the Florida East Coast. Yep, that’s not a typo – the FEC.