With the recent significant snowfalls that have blanketed the Nutmeg State in the early parts of 2015, railroads have had to run extra trains to clear their lines of snow. Normally tourist lines would not need to do this since they’re typically spring/summer/fall operations. But the Valley Railroad in Essex, Connecticut is a bit different – they run a special train on Presidents’ Day Weekend – the Eagle Flyer – and with a large base of snow on the ground, they ran their century-old plow up the line to move the white stuff to the side.
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 →
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.
Yep, once again I’m running a bit behind on blog posts. But trust me, I’ve been out there shooting, so you’re in for a flood of photos pretty soon – including plenty of Valley Railroad North Pole Express trains in the dark, a trip out to Thomaston, CT to ride the Railroad Museum of New England’s Northern Lights Limited, along with the usual Providence & Worcester & New England Central stuff. Not sure yet if I’m going to do a couple larger posts with stuff lumped together, or keep to the usual one outing – one post format. But I’ll be sure to get some of the stuff out before Christmas. In the meantime, the next iteration of Trackside with TRAINS is up on the magazine’s website. This theme was “winter” and I threw a P&W NR-2 photo along the Thames River into the ring. Click the link below to head over there & vote.
Well, all that rain we’ve been getting lately finally turned into some snow overnight and this morning. Granted it wasn’t sticking to the pavement all that much – but that was a good thing. It meant the ground would be somewhat white, and I could safely get there with my front wheel drive Hyundai.
Last week the weather geeks were calling for a foot of wind-driven snow here in Connecticut. Nothing but doom & gloom from the boob-tube – I even got an email from Stop-n-Shop (grocery store for those who are not familiar with the chain) making sure to remind me to go out and get bread and milk, and even sent along FEMA’s emergency shopping list. Well, by the time the storm wrapped up, we got maybe 3″ of the white stuff – a far cry from the 10-16″ forecast. But I did manage to get out and shoot Providence & Worcester train NR-2 as the storm was starting. Well, at least they got the windy part right – it sure was blustery.
OK, last one to catch up on! This was after the snowstorm – which lasted from Sunday night until Monday night (don’t ask about pictures during the storm – that was a fiasco!). And the sun was shining bright on Tuesday, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to catch the Providence & Worcester speeding south along the Thames. But this day I’d get a bonus across the river.
More catching up. Back on March 1st, we had a nice little snowstorm that dumped about 10″ of the white stuff on us. As it was kicking off on Sunday night, I headed out to see how shooting in the snow with the Lumedyne would work out. My target was the idling New England Central train NERWNE in South Windham.
Ahhh, the last one and I’m caught up. This one is from last week, when I got out after a fresh snowfall. I decided to mix things up a bit, and not only shoot at a spot where I haven’t been in a while, but also shoot from the “wrong” side of the tracks. It’ll be a quickie – only a couple shots, but I think they turned out rather well.