On Friday March 30th, the Providence & Worcester Railroad ran an extra from Worcester, MA to Willimantic, CT to handle the interchange traffic to and from the New England Central Railroad. It turned out to be a very nice day, weather-wise, and with summer hours upon us here at work, I decided to take advantage of the open afternoon and chase the train between Plainfield, CT and Willimantic, making many stops along the way – some familiar, and some more experimental. Overall, I think they all worked rather well.
On February 10th the Providence & Worcester Railroad ran something rather unique through Connecticut and Massachusetts – a snow plow. The P&W leased a Russel plow from the Green Mountain Railroad in Vermont to clear some of the snowfall that had plagued southern New England this winter. And I used a vacation day from work to chase the train along two of the P&W’s lines, covering about 60 miles of the railroad. Continue Reading →
On September 7th, the Providence & Worcester Railroad ran an extra from Worcester, MA down to Groton, CT, and I managed to photograph it between Central Village and Groton, while running into a couple other photographers along the way. This is going to be one of the more vague posts, keeping some of the particulars out of it, along with a good chunk of the photos. But trust me, you’ll get a flavor of what’s going on. And if you want to see more of the photos, try and make it to my slideshow up at the Amherst Railway Society’s October meeting. Some of the unseen will be seen there…
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.
You ever have “one of those days” before where things just didn’t go right from the start? Well, I had “one of those nights” last week. I found out that the Providence & Worcester would be running an NR-4X to Willimantic under cover of darkness on Thursday night, so I planned on chasing and shooting it between Plainfield and Willimantic. Also I asked Nick Palazini if he’d like to join me for some experiments in shooting two cameras at the same time with the flashes. That was the last thing that went right on that fateful evening.
Saturday we spent a nice day down at my family’s place in Old Lyme – the kids played at the beach, and we had a nice relaxing day of kids, burgers, hot dogs & beer (and juice for the kids). When we got home, as the girls were getting ready for bed, I checked email, and in my inbox was a note from Nick Palazini. The Providence & Worcester is leasing a pair of LLPX GP40s supposedly for the unit coal trains to Mt. Tom, and the second unit was sitting in Plainfield after an NR-4X picked it up from the NECR in Willimantic earlier in the day. Nick was wondering if I’d like to meet him & Dave Jodoin up there to shoot the unit in the dark. So I gave him a call, and we determined where & when we’d meet to shoot this unit under the stars. After we put the kids to bed, I grabbed my camera & Lumedyne and hit the road for Plainfield.
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.
On Friday, I got the go-ahead from my wife to break away and go out on the first day of fishing season. But I wasn’t going fishing, instead I would be shooting photos of trains for a few hours on Saturday morning. Initially I decided to head up to CSX territory on Washington Hill around Chester, MA to photograph the typical Saturday parade of eastbound trains down the eastern slope of the Berkshires in the early morning sunlight. Until I got word that the Providence & Worcester Railroad would be running an extra from Plainfield to Willimantic, CT. Just like always, plans change at the drop of a hat. So I got up at the same time I had planned, and headed out to Plainfield, aiming to be at the P&W diamond at 7am – the time the crew was to report to start their day. Continue Reading →