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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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