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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Office Car Special on the Providence & Worcester

Going a bit out of order with today’s post.  On October 19, 2011 the member railroads of the Green Mountain Gateway – Canadian Pacific, Vermont Rail System, New England Central and Providence & Worcester – ran an office car special between Rutland, VT and Worcester, MA.  The train, carrying VIPs from all the member railroads, was touring the entire route, and I was able to catch part of their run over the P&W’s Willimantic Branch between Windham and Lisbon, CT.  Sure, it was a rainy, dreary day, but there was some color in the trees, and my Canon 50D does well at higher ISOs.

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Plow on the P&W

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 →

P&W Saturday extra to Willimantic – 4/21/07

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 →