New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland Railfanning Trip – October 2012

An eastbound NS autorack train being forwarded by Conrail Shared Assets rolls east through Piscataway, NJ bound for Oak Island Yard in Newark. The lead unit is NS Dash 9-40CW 8978.

Tom Murray and I spent some time traveling around New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland this past October.  Our route took us through Piscataway, NJ where we shot a bunch of Conrail Shared Assets moves; Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Altoona, and Sand Patch, PA; Cumberland, MD and back up through Piscataway and the Chemical Coast.

We shot a lot of interesting power and had some great weather (Hurricane Sandy hit right after we made it home).  All in all, it was a good week to be trackside.  Click the photo above or here to view the full gallery.

– Chris

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Night Shoot at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, Oct. 1, 2011

Former NH FL9 #2023 and CV S-4 #8081 pose next to the recently built gallows signals at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. Willimantic, CT. Oct. 1, 2011.

Back in October I had the pleasure of taking part in a night photo shoot at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.  The event involved 12 “scenes” that were posed and lit for a photo-line of about 15 photographers.  As I’d never done any low (no) light photography before it was an interesting experience.  I’m pretty happy with how well my photo’s turned out and am looking forward to spending some time trackside this winter using the techniques I learned.  The full gallery can be viewed on my PBase site.

– Chris

Washington State Railfanning Trip – July 2011

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Union Pacific SD70ACe #8574 leads a southbound K-Line train through Vancouver, WA on July 12, 2011

I went home for a family wedding in July and was able to take some extra time to do a circuit through the state on a railfanning junket.  I spent a little time around Steilacoom, then headed south to meet up with my friend Tom in Vancouver.  Next we drove east through the gorge for 2 days before booking it north to Leavenworth and spending 2 days on Stevens Pass.  Saw lots of trains, and had some pretty terrific weather.  The full gallery of images can be found on my new! PBase site: http://www.pbase.com/cslemp/washington_state__july_2011.

– Chris

2010 Railfanning Retrospective

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A westbound CSX light engine move crosses the diamond at Palmer, MA on March 16 2010.

I spent some time over the last couple of weeks browsing through my trackside photos from 2010. Though I didn’t get out nearly as much as I had in previous years, I did manage to get some decent shots. I think I’ll probably make a tradition out of this post as it’s a nice way to put the previous year into perspective and provides a good deal of inspiration to get back outside and shoot some more. Continue reading

Rhinecliff, NY – March 2009

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A northbound Amtrak train rolls into the station at Rhinecliff, NY behind P32AC-DM #706

On March 7, 2009 we spent the day around the Hudson River. It was a mostly disappointing expedition considering how much driving was necessary, however I did get some decent shots at the Rhinecliff, NY station. As I recall, it wasn’t actually that cold while we were there, but it did rain a bit and there was a lot of ice on the river. Continue reading

Fall 2008: A Retrospective

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Amtrak’s northbound Vermonter shifts onto NECR rails on a beautiful Aug. 29, 2008 evening.

Dearest readers. I apologize. It has been an unimaginably huge expanse of time since I wrote anything here. Never fear though, I am still alive, still chasing trains when I should probably be chasing girls. At the moment I am comfortable ensconced at the Lady Killigrew in Montague, MA downing 12.7 fl. oz. of Saison Dupont. Apparently it takes imported alcohol to motivate me into writing. I suppose that is the price I must pay. Continue reading

High and Wide!

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Conway Scenic RR GP7 #573 (ex Maine Central) leads a high and wide move through the siding at Crawford Notch, NH on June 20, 2009.

With nothing planned for the weekend, and no desire to hang out with the usual suspects all day (CSX, PAR & NECR) I decided it might be nice to go for a bit of a drive (or a lot of a drive depending on how much driving you consider 460 miles in one day to be) to watch the Conway Scenic Railroad move a rare high and wide load along their line in the shadow of Mt. Washington. So, on Saturday (June 20th as I’ve been a bit neglectful of updates to this site) Tom Murray and I loaded the truck up with scanner, antenna, cameras, lots and lots of batteries, cold drinks, and not a single map of the area we were traversing before grabbing a rather unsatisfying breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts and charging northwards into the White Mountains. Continue reading