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.
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.
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.
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.
On the 17th of May I was able to get out for a few minutes to catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 over lunch. It was a quick trip out, and I was only able to catch them at a couple spots. But while out, I noticed one of my favorite angles will soon be no longer available due to some Amtrak fence construction. Just like Groton tower, where a chain link fence was erected along the south side of the tracks, the area to the north of the Shaw’s Cove swing bridge is following suit.
On Friday the 13th I actually got a bit lucky. Not only did I catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 in Ledyard and Groton, but I also caught New England Central train 608 heading south with loaded ethanol, and was able to work a couple birds into the shots – got a swan and a couple Canada Geese. I also got 608 at a new location for me in Waterford. Oh, yeah, and I even got called “Tom Ho” over the radio…it was Hawaiian Shirt Friday at work, after all…
Continuing on the backlog clearing spree, we’ve made it into May. The first stuff I shot in May was pretty run of the mill stuff – consisting of Providence & Worcester NR-2 at Mill Cove in Ledyard, and the USS Nautilus and through Fairview yard in Groton. Nothing earth-shattering, but at least there was blue skies to work with.