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 “Fall 2008: A Retrospective”
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 “High and Wide!”
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 “Pacific Northwest Expedition 2008”
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 “Presidents Day at Palmer 2009”
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 “Fast Trains, Slow Updates…”
On August 30th, following a complete waste of a day spent on the B&A, Tom and I headed up to E. Deerfield early enough to catch this loaded slurry train heading east into E. Deerfield with #621, on of only 2 EMD SD26’s that Pan Am operates, on the point. Continue reading “Encountering a relic”
I got some slides developed recently, that have shots from as far back as January. I don’t exactly miss all that snow and sub-zero temperatures, but there are some good memories here from my last 8 months of railfanning. Continue reading “The year so far…”
While prepping a project for painting this afternoon, the scanner picked up a an empty P&W coal train heading north to E. Deerfield from Mt. Tom. The dispatcher had the crew copy out a Form D instructing them to wait at S. Deerfield for ED2-X which was shuffling some hoppers out of an industrial siding. Seeing as how the rain had stopped, I hopped in the truck and headed up to Deerfield to try and get in on some of the action. Continue reading “Mt. Tom Coal”
I took advantage of Helene being out of town, to get some time trackside today. It was generally sunny, but quite cold and windy. I met up with Tom at Palmer where I was just in time to catch an empty string of autoracks headed west. NECR did a little switching, and then an eastbound general merchandise train came through. It didn’t look like the rest of the day was going to be very eventful, so we headed north to E. Deerfield. Continue reading “Only a bit of snow left…”
I took a break from modeling last Monday to take in the railroad scene at Palmer. The weather was terrible, and I only had 4 hours until I needed to be at work, but CSX, NECR and Amtrak made up for all that by providing plenty of eye-candy. The train above is a CSX merchandise freight switching the Palmer yard. It sat on the second main for a good hour or so waiting on Amtrak’s Westbound Lake Shore, which came through almost on time. A couple more CSX freights came through after the lake shore, and then the train above blocked the diamond for a half an hour with an NECR local and Amtrak’s Vermonter stacked up to the north. At that point I had to go to work, but found out later that once CSX finally cleared the diamond, and NECR entered the yard, the Vermonter moved onto CSX trackage only to have the lead unit die. Glad I wasn’t on board :-).