NAN and the Super Moon

Acela at SunsetFor today’s post, we’ll go back to the end of June when we as earthlings bore witness to the closest “super moon” of 2013 – or in more scientific terms the moon was at the perigee (closest to Earth) of its orbit while in the full phase.  Honestly, it’s nothing truly rare, despite the Internet hype that usually precedes its arrival – it happens once about every 14 full moons.  Even with the frequency of them happening, I wanted to photograph this event, but not just in the astronomical sense – I also wanted to include the railroad in the photograph.  And one spot sprung to mind where it would be possible – the new Niantic River Drawbridge on the Niantic/Waterford town line.

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Getting back into the swing of things…

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.

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March 8th NR-2

Yep, been tied up on many other things lately, so shooting time has been at a premium – never mind keeping the blog updated.  Things have been happening, though, so it’s not like everything is at a complete standstill.  I’ll be making another announcement soon about a gallery exhibit I’m participating in starting later this month – more on that soon (if you’re a friend of mine on Facebook, you already got a sneak preview).  Anyways, here’s a quick batch of photos for you to check out from earlier this month in the meantime.

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Flowers, Stars & Trains

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.

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Late morning at NAN

Back on May 10th, the weather was pretty good – some sun mixed with clouds – so I was considering going out and shooting a bit.  But with some early morning meetings, I thought I couldn’t make it.  Then I got a message that Amtrak had parked a pair of GP38s on the Ring’s End spur in Niantic.  OK, that’s pretty unique for the area, so I figured I’d take advantage of a small hole in my schedule mid-morning.  Not only was I able to get the power, I also bagged Providence & Worcester NR-2, and an Amtrak Acela and Regional.

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January 2011 Recap

Holy crap does time fly when you’re doing nothing but shoveling snow.  Yep, we’ve been inundated with snow the past month or so here in the Northeast, and I have next to no photos to show for it!  But I did manage to get out a few times to shoot.  So instead of doing each one individually, I’ll roll them all into one big meaty sandwich of a single post.  In here you’ll see some slices of the New England Central, Providence & Worcester along with some Amtrak goodness.

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Clouds and Color on the 15th

Fall in New England brings plenty of cloudy days along with the changing color on the trees.  On Friday the 15th I managed to get out and shoot a bit, catching an Amtrak Acela, Northeast Regional and a work extra over lunch, then a New England Central ethanol extra later in the day.

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Lunchtime in New Haven, Branford, Guilford and Niantic

I had taken Columbus Day off from work (we don’t get that as a holiday), and had planned on getting some things done around the house.  But the night before we had the neighbors over for a little bonfire and one of the conversations we had changed my plans completely.

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From way back on Aug 2nd – PW and Amtrak

Yeah, it’s been a little while since the last update.  Actually, pretty close to a month!  As usual, things are just downright hectic at home and at work.  But I have been making a little time for shooting here and there.  Over the next week or so, I’ll be playing catch-up and posting stuff in dribs and drabs.  Here’s the first one from back on August 2nd, where I was able to catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 and Amtrak Northeast Regional train 190 meeting at Niantic.

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First day of June – PW and Amtrak

More of the same – behind a bit on the postings, and slowly catching up.  This one is from this past Tuesday, June 1st.  Managed to get Providence & Worcester train NR-2 at Fairview and later on at Niantic.  Also, while at Niantic, I managed to get a couple Amtraks – including a very late 66 with a P42 leader!  Interesting seeing a Genesis on the Shore Line.

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