Back in May – Turning 3025

Here we go folks – starting to clear out the backlog of posts!  For this first post in quite a while, we’ll go back to the beginning of May 2012 where the Providence & Worcester Railroad took Valley Railroad Mikado No 3025 for a spin around Amtrak’s Old Saybrook wye – which also brought it under the wires of Amtrak’s electrified Shore Line.

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Lunch at Saybrook

Back on May 18th, I met up with a few other fans at the Old Saybrook Amtrak station over lunch for a little shooting & conversation.  Despite the cloudy weather (which never really bothered me), it was a good lunch hour of shooting from the station platforms.  And of course, it was nice catching up with folks that I only get a chance to talk to face to face a couple times a year.

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NH-1, NR-2 and an Acela in the rain

Well, today we were getting the remnants of some tropical depression, so it was quite rainy all day long. I skipped my normal morning walk in favor of a lunchtime jaunt to Old Saybrook to do some walking with a few flights of stairs thrown into the mix. Plus, looking at the radar loop, it seemed that there would be a hole in the rain around OSB sometime around lunchtime.

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Late day Amtrak & Shore Line East

Well, I was in an all-day meeting/workshop today, so I had to forego my walk alltogether. Oh, well, I guess I can miss one day here & there. I’ve got an active weekend planned, so I’m sure I’ll make up for it. But after work, I figured I’d head to Old Saybrook to retrieve my lost lens cap from yesterday. This morning, I remembered to bring a roll of duct tape with me. I figured that if the cap was still there at the bottom of the platform, I could put a piece of tape on the end of my monopod and retrieve the cap from the ballast below. Well, needless to say, it worked great, and of course I caught a couple trains despite the crappy weather.

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Lunch with CDOT, P&W and Amtrak in Old Saybrook

Well, due to other commitments, I couldn’t make it out for my normal AM walk today. So I figured some stairs may be in order instead, so I opted to eat my lunch on the road, and head to the Old Saybrook Amtrak station for lunch. I was hoping to get lucky and catch at least Providence & Worcester’s train NR-2 or NH-1, and maybe an Acela. Well, I’d get all that and a little something else.

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Amtrak regional, Acela, track car, P&W NH-1 and a railfan from Maine

Talk about an action-packed lunch! I got a note last week from a railfan who lives in Maine, Joey Kelley, that he was heading down to Connecticut on a railfanning road trip. He was asking for some tips on what he should see, and also if there was a time we could meet up to put faces with emails. I had a bit of time over lunch today, so I told him we’d meet at the Old Saybrook, CT Amtrak station to catch a little action & chat a bit. So I didn’t take my normal morning walk along the Thames River, and instead used the time to head west to OSB.

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P&W NR-2 and NH-1 – 3/20/2007

I was able to get out and catch two Providence & Worcester jobs today – NR-2 and NH-1. Caught NR-2 rolling past the USS Nautilus in Groton, CT, and later I got ‘em swapping cars and power with NH-1 in Old Saybrook, CT at the Amtrak station. Continue Reading →