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

Mt. Tom Coal

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Providence and Worcester B23-SS7 2215 leads PW-X into E. Deerfield Yard this afternoon.

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

Only a bit of snow left…

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An eastbound pipe train approaches Pan Am’s East Deerfield yard, Deerfield, MA

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