Trackside in New England: May 2012 – March 2013

MBTA GP40MC No. 1119 leads a westbound into the station at Ayer, Ma on Oct. 8, 2012.  I went to a wedding in Portland on the 7th and stopped here on the way back to see what there was to see.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any trackside shots.  I’ve been getting out though when I can.  Here are a few from New England in 2012 and 2013 that I haven’t shared yet.

Mass Central GP20 No. 960 is sandwiched between a pair of Wisconsin Central boxcars as it works the CSX interchange yard at Palmer, MA on May 11, 2012.
NS SD70 No. 2503 leads AYMO as it passes under the bridge at Wisdom Way in Greenfield, MA on July 27, 2012.
Amtrak P42DC No. 156 in it’s pointless arrow heritage scheme leads the Vermonter southbound through Northfield, MA on Sept. 29, 2012.
Pan Am Railways GP40-2W No. 512 is the trailing unit on an interchange run to White River Junction. The train is on NECR just south of Brattleboro, VT on Sept. 29, 2012.
NECR SD40M-2 No. 2716, originally built as LN SD40 No. 1227, then rebuilt by Morris Knudsen for Southern Pacific leads sister 40M-2 2714 and a former UP SD40-2 south out of Brattleboro, VT on Sept. 29, 2012
Pan Am GP40 No. 350 leads its train into Brattleboro, VT on the way to White River Junction. Sept. 29, 2012
Pan Am 512 again as it’s pulled through Brattleboro, VT. Sept. 29, 2012
Amtrak Cab Car No. 9646 is on the trailing end of the northbound Vermonter as it flies through the Cushman Market area of Amherst, MA. Sept. 29, 2013
MBTA Cab Car No. 1632 follows it’s train out of Ayer, MA on Oct. 8, 2012.  I’m not sure why that poster in the cab is upside down…
CSX ES44DC No. 5246 leads an eastbound stack train through Palmer, MA on Jan. 5, 2013
NECR SD40-2 No. 721 is at Palmer, MA on Jan. 5, 2013.  This was the leader in a 3 unit consist of former Union Pacific SD’s.  They look good, and, now that NECR is owned by G&W an not Rail America, perhaps they’ll stay that way, or even get repainted into black and orange!
Pan Am SD40M-2 No. 617 (formerly a Trona SD45-2) shoves back onto the service tracks while other Pan Am power waits to be called to duty on a brisk Mar. 27, 2013.  An hour or so later, after returning to the yard from an excursion to the north, we heard over the scanner that a rail under one of the locomotives back there had rolled over.  Never did find out how they resolved that.
A trio of NS diesels leads MOAY out of the Hoosac Tunnel and across the Deerfield River on Mar. 27, 2013.  Tom Murray and I have been here a lot, and just about every time an eastbound sneaks up on us.  We nearly drove away and missed it.
NS SD60i No. 6751 leads MOAY through Shelburne Falls, MA on Mar. 27, 2013.  It was traveling so slow that we turned around a couple of times, got coffee in Buckland, and still made it to our planned location just east of Shelburne Falls proper with plenty of time to set up.
Having thought we had MOAY missed it going through E. Deerfield, we just barely made it to Lake Pleasant in Montague in time to catch it as it continued it’s crawl east.

3 Replies to “Trackside in New England: May 2012 – March 2013”

  1. I enjoyed these action shots a great deal – your Brattleboro tag alerted me to your blog’s presence. Thanks for sharing your sightings! I’m a Bratt resident with a mixed topic iphone photography WordPress blog (the unifying theme is that all the content is basically of a local, everyday nature), whether the natural world, abstract ‘”urban”, or found moments. I do have a definite niche focus on local railroad history, a subject of great personal interest – a series dubbed ‘Depot Discoveries’. You might like to check it out!

    1. Thanks, I’ve been looking through your blog, your photography is really impressive and you’ve found some locations that I’ve never visited before. I’ll have to check them out next time I’m up that way.

      All the best,

      – Chris

      1. Thanks a bunch Chris! Glad you enjoyed it – all with an iphone, too, my personal small challenge. I am having a ball digging up local railroad stories, so there’ll be more episodes soon. Let me know if you want a local guide on a trip up this way sometime. You can help me out with the state-of-the-art and modern rails, too. I’m a little rusty – caught train fever when I was a teen and then life happened. Glad to be back into it!

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