Washington State – June 2015

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A northbound Union Pacific stack train with marine containers from APL, K-Line, Hapag-Lloyd and others rolls through Sunnyside Park on June 07, 2015.

I attended a work conference in Texas last spring and since I was already halfway across the country I decided that I’d might as well just keep heading west and spend some time visiting family and traipsing about the Pacific Northwest.

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Norfolk Southern’s camp train visits Northampton.

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NS’s camp train set up to house the crew working preparing the Connecticut River line for Amtrak service.

After years of discussion and planning and more discussion and criticism and a bit of arguing and yet more discussion followed by what amounted to only a few months worth of work (spread out over a number of those years) Pan Am’s Connecticut River Line is almost ready for it’s first revenue passenger run in 25 years.  The work peaked in July when Norfolk Southern’s camp train and a small army of track workers arrived. Continue reading

Brunswick, Maine

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Amtrak’s Downeaster departs Brunswick, ME heading south while Maine Eastern’s Mid Coast Limited awaits it’s next run on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

My girlfriend and I took a trip up to Maine in mid October and spent a night in Brunswick.  Our hotel was just across the street from the Amtrak station and I managed to get a few shots that evening and the next morning.  The lighting was pretty low that night (and I forgot to adjust the ISO on my camera) but I made do.  It’s pretty up there in the Fall.  Next year I might take a bit more time to actually chase the Maine Eastern on it’s run to Rockport. Continue reading

Coastal Connecticut – September 2013

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An Amtrak Acela Express train speeds south through Old Saybrook, CT. on Sept. 6, 2013

Tired of being inside while the weather was so beautiful, and a little bummed about not having had much time to be trackside over the summer, a friend and I took a day back in September and drove to the Connecticut shore. We made a stop in Essex to take a look at the steam operation (not really my thing, but the ancient GE diesels on the property were neat) then spent quite a bit of time around Old Saybrook and Old Lyme before working our way back north through Berlin and Windsor Locks.

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Trackside in New England: May 2012 – March 2013

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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. Continue reading

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

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