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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Seis de Mayo – NR2 and its reflection

Check off another one from the backlog – this time from the sixth of May.  Getting closer to this week!  Another quick one with a couple stops, but both spots I shot at gave up some really nice reflections of the passing train!

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Lunch with NR2 and NR3

Last Monday I had to head out for lunch, and as things worked out I managed to catch a couple Providence & Worcester trains.  Not that the first was really planned out, but the second was caught completely by chance.

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Day and Night with the Devil

Back on the 3rd and 5th of August, 80 cars of loaded ethanol made their way over the New England Central and Providence & Worcester Railroads, and were delivered to their destination in Providence, Rhode Island.  Well, on both days I managed to get shots of the two moonshine moves from the same spot.  One was at night, and the second was in hazy summertime daylight.  The symbol used for these moves on the Providence & Worcester is K666 – borrowed from the actual CP symbol of 666 before it’s delivered to VTR in Whitehall, NY, and CSX’s K prefix for unit commodity trains.

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Something happened on the way to the dentist

Friday I had a dentist appointment, so I had to leave work a bit early.  As luck had it, Providence & Worcester train NR-2 was leaving Tilcon in Groton as I was leaving the parking lot, getting ready to head home.  I figured it was worth a shot to try and catch them on the way to the dentist.

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Fog, freight and empty moonshine jugs

Thursday the third of June started out with some pretty thick fog here in southeastern Connecticut.  And in that fog, a few trains rain – one regular job, and two extras.  As luck would have it, I managed to lens each of those – well, in one form or another.

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Last week – Acela, NR2 day & night and a PW Reroute on the NECR

Phew, once again I’m running a bit behind…story of my life.  But I did manage to get out a bit last week and grab a nice variety of moves – some pretty run of the mill, and a couple that were quite unique.  Too bad the unique ones were a result of the PW derailment in Lisbon, CT, but at least I was able to capture those jobs.  Now onto the stuff…it’s going to be a long one, so grab your favorite beverage, buckle up, and enjoy the ride… Continue Reading →

April Fool’s NR-2 at 6(!) spots

Starting out a new month with the waters around the Thames receding from our recent bout with lots and lots of water – and a little luck as things panned out.  Actually, I wasn’t exactly expecting to get out & shoot after hearing Amtrak had shut down all service between New Haven and Boston today because of the flooding.  But as it turned out, the affected track was in Kingston, RI, and NR-2 was the only thing running on the Shore Line around Groton, other than Amtrak hyrails and FRA inspectors.  And with that, I was able to get NR-2 at a record half dozen different spots!  Well, a couple of them were kinda mashed together, but…well, read on and you’ll see.  And there’s a completely new angle stuck in there too just to really mix things up.  Trust me, it’s no April Fool’s joke…

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NR-2 along the River and the Bay

Had a bit of a frustrating day at work yesterday.  So I decided I needed to get out and go on a nice walk somewhere to relax a bit this morning.  And while I was contemplating where to go at my desk, I got my answer over the scanner.  Well, at least it was the first part of my answer.  Part two was decided on the road…

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P&W in the snow

Well, all that rain we’ve been getting lately finally turned into some snow overnight and this morning.  Granted it wasn’t sticking to the pavement all that much – but that was a good thing.  It meant the ground would be somewhat white, and I could safely get there with my front wheel drive Hyundai.

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