Nine Years Ago Today

As you can probably tell, I haven’t been able to head out and shoot much of late – for a number of reasons.  So instead of letting things further stagnate here, I decided to go back in time and dig out some older photos I took before I implemented the blog (first blog post is from February 2007).  And for our first edition of years ago today I present you a brief chase of the New England Central Railroad between Palmer, Mass. and Willington, Conn – with a little bit of Providence & Worcester, CSX and Mass. Central thrown into the mix for good measure – as I photographed it on October 24, 2005.

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Watching an EMD CF-7 Fuel Injector Swap

14211583790_4642de76d3_mAbout a month ago I took a ride north to spend a little time on the Grafton & Upton Railroad in North Grafton, MA.  It was a rainy, gloomy early May day, so photos out on the road would be so-so – and the kind of rainy day that wouldn’t yield dramatic photos, just pretty boring, flat ones.  And I only had a couple hours I could spend in the area, so I wouldn’t make it that far out of town by the time the crew got their train together and headed out of the yard.  Luckily something else was happening inside the yard – something that I have yet to photograph, or even watch.

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Morning on the Grafton & Upton

I was off to a slow start in 2014, photographically speaking – my first outing to shoot railroads wasn’t until January 20th.  And as a result of the slow start, the old blog here has been a little stagnant of late.  But I’m trying to change that – first Monday’s post about my upcoming gallery exhibit, and now this.  With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, I as well as my kids had the day off.  Taking advantage of that, my younger daughter and I headed up to North Grafton, MA to spend the morning along the G&U.  Sure it was cold, and there was plenty of snow on the ground, but we both had a great time doing a little daddy-daughter bonding – both of us with cameras in hand.

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2012 Photo Recap – October to December

Part four of my five post 2012 photo recap – and this one will cover the last three months of the year.  But wait, if this covers the last three months, what will the fifth installment include?  If you recall in my first recap post (here), I mentioned the last one will feature my night photos along the Valley Railroad in November and December.  But before we get there, here’s my six picks for the final three months of 2012.

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2012 Photo Recap – January to March

I usually do a monolithic recap of the previous year’s photos, but this year I decided to do things a bit differently – I’ll be splitting it up into five posts.  My main reasoning behind this is I’ve been a bit, um, behind in posting to the blog here.  So to start to make up for that shortcoming, I’ll flood ya with a bunch of photos!  The first four posts will feature my favorite photos from each quarter of the year, and the fifth will be dedicated to my recent night photos on the Valley Railroad as they ran their ever-popular North Pole Express trains.  For the first post, we’ll cover the first three months of the year – January, February and March 2012.

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Joint NECR/PW/CN Office Car Special

The New England Central, Providence & Worcester and Canadian National Railroads ran a joint office car special, wearing the symbol OCS-1, from St. Albans,VT to Worcester, MA on February 7, 2012.  The train consisted of equipment from all three railroads, and made only one stop in Palmer, MA to pick up a relief crew, and lunch for the passengers.  I took the day off from work to document the move, and was able to shoot it between Three Rivers, MA and Thompson, CT, covering the NECR Palmer Sub and the P&W’s Willimantic and Norwich Branches.

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Magazine Articles, Slide Scans and the Train Show

Busy times lately – both at work and at home.  But I figured it was time for a quick blog post to stir things up a bit and let you all know where things are.  First off, you’ll see my work – both photos and writing – in a couple magazines’ March 2012 issues, one of which is the first time I’ve had my writing published in it.  Next, I’ve been scanning a few older slides of late, and posted a few for you all to enjoy.  And lastly, you’ll be able to see one of my prints at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E in West Springfield, MA this weekend!  Read on for all of the details.

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9/9 – a PanAm birthday

With September 9th (otherwise known as my birthday) being a Friday this year, I took the day off with the intent of going out and shooting for most of the day.  Jill was at work, and the kids were in school, so I could have the bulk of the day to spend with my cameras.  The question was – where to go?  I thought a bit – I didn’t want to travel too far due to the price of gas, but I was getting a little tired of shooting the same-old, same-old on the New England Central and Providence & Worcester.  So I decided to head north a bit, and shoot at PanAm Railways’ East Deerfield, MA yard – it’s been some time since I’ve shot up around there (I think this was the last time here – back in 2009), so I figured a visit was in order.  Maybe I could catch something interesting on that mostly sunny Friday.  But as things turned out, perhaps heading north was the wrong decision…

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Plow on the P&W

On February 10th the Providence & Worcester Railroad ran something rather unique through Connecticut and Massachusetts – a snow plow.  The P&W leased a Russel plow from the Green Mountain Railroad in Vermont to clear some of the snowfall that had plagued southern New England this winter.  And I used a vacation day from work to chase the train along two of the P&W’s lines, covering about 60 miles of the railroad. Continue Reading →

Before and After

While I was taking photos on the G&U last month (previous post is here), I took one shot to contrast a shot I took back in October (that post is here).  Here’s a pretty neat side-by-side, before & after look at G&U 1751’s short hood.  The first one I took when Tony & crew were masking out the black stripes on the newly painted yellow nose just before the black was applied.  And the second shot is the finished product, with the attractive yellow and black zebra stripes, with a small G&U logo.

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