On October 4, 2014 the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, Connecticut continued a tradition spanning more than a decade. For the 11th year in a row, the museum hosted a Night Photo Shoot where a group of photographers from around the area converged on the museum to light up the night.
Over the past couple months, The Lucky Frog in Willimantic, CT – a restaurant and bar – has started up an open jam session on Wednesday nights. With the venue 5 minutes from home, I managed to make it out to a few of the jam nights to snap a few frames, as well as consume a few beers, along the way. Intermixed in all of that were family, some old and new friends and great music to bind it all together. Oh, yeah, and some pretty good wings.
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.
Over the past seven years, the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic has hosted a number of photographers from around the northeastern region for a night shoot. This year was no different – both in the fact that the night shoot happened, but also that the event was very well attended, and sold out again. This year there was also a couple different photo opportunities made available to the attending photographers. Even one where they got to get in on the photos themselves.
As most of you know the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, CT does an annual night photo shoot, which usually occurs in late September. But the night came alive in Willimantic on May 14th – well before the usual time for the shoot. That Saturday night, the museum hosted the Shooters Gallery Photography Group, based in Colchester, CT. The club essentially rented out the museum for the night, and 25 photographers descended on Columbia Junction for the evening.
Almost a month ago I was out and about on a sunny Saturday. Jill and the girls were out at a birthday party, and I was running errands around Willimantic. But when the scanner lit up on the NECR channel, plans started to change. But not entirely right away…
Boy have things been hectic. Now that I’ve got a couple minutes, I figured I’d post up a few shots from back in February of the New England Central in Willimantic. Nothing earth-shattering, but still at least it’s something for you to check out.
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.
The next edition of Trackside with TRAINS.com is up on the magazine’s website. This time around the theme was “Industrial Scene” – something I don’t have much material on at this point. So I dug through the archives and grabbed a shot of a loaded Johnson City bound coal train on the New England Central Railroad in Willimantic, CT from back in early 2006. The “industrial” part is the former American Thread Mills in the background as the train heads north with a train load of coal from the port of Providence, RI. Head here to vote for your favorite (or mine). If you’re wondering why the train, running on the New England Central, has Providence & Worcester power, the answer is quite simple. This was the first set of trains to run over the Green Mountain Gateway – a collaboration between Canadian Pacific, Vermont Rail System, New England Central and the Providence & Worcester Railroad to provide an alternate gateway into New England. This also provides a direct connection to the Port of Providence, RI for both inbound and outbound shipments. The coal was inbound from South America, and currently the Port of Providence is receiving unit trains of ethanol (originating in the midwest) that is being, in part, shipped out on barges.
On Tuesday the 9th, unfortunately New England Central train 610 put some loaded ethanol cars on the ground in Willimantic yard. With a sick daughter home from school, and Jill working, I couldn’t get out to photograph it. But later in the evening I did get a chance to head out and get a few night shots of R.J. Corman working on the cleanup of the mess. It wasn’t from an ideal angle – the fire and police were keeping the public a good distance away – but I tried to get a flavor of what was going on.