Two trains in one shot

Managed to find a little time for a walk this morning, so I decided to head up to Poquetanuck Cove again on the Preston/Ledyard line and get a mile of walking in.  It was a little breezy, but not as windy as it was last week (here’s that post), so I could actually feel my hands and ears by the time I got up to the cove.  But in addition to that, I had a couple nice surprises with the arrival of the train – and not just its consist.

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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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Chasing NR3

On the last day of June, I took the day off to fix my car (emissions system was throwing a code, and the inspection was due).  Once I fixed it, and had it tested for emissions (it passed), I decided to see if I could find any trains in the area to shoot.  It was a nice sunny day, so why not?

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Might be time to build an ark

Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to…well, I guess you could drink this if you really had to (apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge).  If you’re anywhere along the eastern US coast, you’ve been subjected to days and days of rain.  Well, all that rain, along with melting snow up north, is causing us some flooding problems down here in the Nutmeg State.  Just seems to be water everywhere it shouldn’t be.

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An old bridge, NECR and P&W

I managed to make a little time this morning to get out and try to photograph a little bit along the Thames River.  But it was later than usual, so I wasn’t sure what, if anything I’d catch.  I was encouraged by the fact that on my way into work I heard a Providence & Worcester track car at Norwich looking to get the track all the way to Fairview.  So that meant that NR-2 would probably be a bit later than usual.  So my late start shouldn’t have made a difference…if anything it should help.

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4 Trains in 90 Minutes

This past Monday I had to take the day off for a midday doctor’s appointment.  So I had a few hours to kill in the morning – why sleep when you can be out taking pictures!  My intentions were to catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 somewhere between Plainfield and Groton, then head to the doctor’s appointment in Bolton.  Well, things didn’t exactly go as planned – I did catch NR-2, along with P&W NR-3, New England Central NERWNE and Amtrak 190, all within a span of less than an hour and a half.  Hey, not all botched plans are bad.

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Thursday morning mixup

Taking advantage of the beautiful weather on Thursday I headed out for a walk.  I figured for something different I’d head to Stoddard Hill and try and catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heading south.  Well, for once I didn’t catch NR-2, but I did catch a couple other things…

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NR-3 and a new angle at Stoddard

Took advantage of the sunshine this morning, hoping to catch Providence & Worcester train NR-2 on my walk.  This time I decided to mix things up a bit, and head a little further north to Stoddard Hill Park on the north side of Ledyard.  Well, things didn’t go as planned, but they did end up working out OK.  Even if one of my pieces of electronic equipment went for a swim.

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Oct 23rd Part I – Chasing the P&W with Nick

Finally getting through the backlog, and starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  A couple weeks ago I took Thursday the 23rd off from work for a couple reasons.  First, my oldest daughter had a half day from school, and the youngest one had a doctor’s appointment.  Since my wife hasn’t cloned herself yet (appt. was at the same time as the bus was dropping off), I had to get the big one off of the bus.  But with some time before that happened, I headed out first thing in the morning to Plainfield to meet up with Nick Palazini and hopefully chase the two Providence & Worcester jobs that run south out of there – NR-2 and NR-3.  But as with anything railroad related, nothing goes as planned.

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