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

Pacific Northwest Expedition 2008

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BNSF C44-9W #5285 leads a motley assortment of power at Scenic, WA as it approaches the Cascade Tunnel.

Last September, for the first time in nearly two years, I was finally able to make my first trip back home to Washington State.  My time was primarily spent visiting friends and relatives, but I did manage to get in a couple of days on Stevens Pass and a few afternoons along the tracks in Steilacoom. The shot above is the only train I managed to catch on the pass, but as trains go, it was a rather impressive one. Continue reading

Presidents Day at Palmer 2009

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The southbound Vermonter crawls into Palmer behind GE P42 #122 on Presidents Day 2009.

For the second year in a row, Tom and I spent Presidents Day at Palmer. Once again the action didn’t dissapoint, plus the weather was considerably better than the year before. While the morning was pretty dead, and we ended up spending most of the time hunting for lunch, the afternoon was much much more fruitful with numerous appearances by Amtrak and CSX, a couple of NECR trains and at the last possible second Mass Central or Finger Lakes or whatever it is that they are. Continue reading

Fast Trains, Slow Updates…

An Amtrak Acela floors it northbound through Kingston, RI.

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted here, but as always the holidays left little time for much of anything having to do with trains. I’m pretty much all settled in for the new year now, so postings should continue pretty regularly, I’ve got a lot to add actually, photo’s from my trip home to Washington State last August, and from all my fall railfanning excursions, not to mention some shots of SNCT #101, and the P:87 turnout, for the moment though, here are two short video’s from a recent trip to Kingston, RI. Still photo’s just wouldn’t do the Acela justice when it’s moving at 150mph. Continue reading