Willimantic to Amherst – Three trains

On the 19th as you probably saw here I was presenting a slideshow up at the Amherst Railway Society’s October meeting.  I decided to take the entire day off instead of rushing out of work and heading north.  So I took that opportunity to do a little work around the house, and then head out at lunchtime.  I figured my best bet would be to head into Willimantic, and go up the NECR and hope to catch something between Willi and Palmer.  Then later on I’d be meeting up with another railfan up in Amherst to hopefully catch at least the Vermonter.  Well, things worked out rather well – not only did I catch the Vermonter, but two other trains as well.

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The Willimantic Moonshine Nighttime Two-Step

On the 6th of October I got some information from a friend “in the know” about a couple nighttime ethanol moves on the New England Central around Willimantic, CT.  So after my wife & I put the kids to bed, I headed out to see what I could shoot.  With the timing of the moves, my best bet would be to head to Willimantic to meet up with the southbound loads and decide what I was going to do from there.  My best bet would be to catch them there and follow them south to New London.  Oh, how plans change…

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Two trains on the NECR

On the day after my birthday, September 10th, I headed out in the morning for a bit to shoot a little, despite the cloudy weather.  But as usual, I never let the weather conditions discourage me from shooting, and in fact, I think it helped in one case. Continue Reading →

A week’s worth – Amtrak, NECR, PW, FEC and ethanol

Continuing on the backlog here – but instead of what I would normally do and make one post for each “outing,” instead I’m putting together one massive post with a week’s full of shots in it.  Basically taking care of pretty much the entire backlog in one fell swoop.  In this catch-all post, you’ll see Amtrak, NECR (with NECR and FEC power) and the P&W for railroads, and the usual passenger, freight and a couple ethanol moves thrown in for good measure (both empty and loaded).  Yep, there’s a lot of stuff here to check out…

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Wednesday Day and Night on the NECR

Slowly getting back up to speed with the posts here.  Work is still hectic, but after work on Wednesday I managed to get out and catch a little New England Central Railroad action in the form of an ethanol extra.  Then later that evening, I joined a couple friends in Willimantic to shoot the NECR Palmer turn down in the yard under some unique conditions – facing east was cloudless and moonlit, facing west gave a nice view of some approaching thunderstorms.

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Last week in pictures – NECR, PW, Amtrak & FEC day and night

So I managed to get out a few times last week – including one night jaunt shooting both the Providence & Worcester and New England Central (both sporting “foreign” power).  Other stuff from the week was the P&W and NECR in daylight – including an ethanol move, along with a couple Shore Line Amtrak runs.

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Ethanol Extra on the NECR and P&W

As some of you may know a unit ethanol train ran between North Dakota and Providence, RI, carried by a various number of railroads – the last two were the New England Central and the Providence & Worcester.  Well, as the schedule worked out, the NECR and P&W sections were to take place under cover of darkness.  But that never stopped me, so I decided to head out and do a little nocturnal photography.  Of course, that’s not all that came of this train – things changed after I left them in the wee hours.

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Sunday daytime – Diesel & Grain Powered Horsepower

Sunday was an eventful day, photographically speaking.  So I’ll be dividing it up into two parts – day and night.  For the daytime, I had one chance encounter, and one planned.  The chance involved the New England Central Railroad, and the planned was up at my alma mater – the University of Connecticut.

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Two-Fer-Tuesday on the NECR

On the first day of December, I had a small hole in my daytime schedule to get out for a bit.  But as sometimes happens, things don’t go as planned.  As I usually plan on doing, I was going to bag Providence & Worcester train NR-2 in Ledyard, and perhaps New England Central train NERWNE across the river in Montville.  But that didn’t quite pan out.  And later in the evening, a spur of the moment thing happened, and I got a few shots of NERWPA heading north out of Willimantic.

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