P&W Willimantic Extra

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.

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Providence & Worcester train MFS-5 – The first revenue train to Willimantic in over 20 years

P&W train MFS-5 passes over Merrit Brook, as fellow photog Bob LaMay watches

Well, I took the day off from work yesterday (March 5, 2007) to photograph the historic first revenue run over the formerly dormant Providence & Worcester Willimantic Branch between Versailles and Willimantic, CT. Fellow rail photographer Bob LaMay joined me for the chase from Plainfield to Willimantic, and back to Versailles, where we called it a day. The only casualty for the day, other than a few sore muscles, was the Shetucket River ate one of my lens caps. I guess it could have been worse… Continue Reading →