A mid-Autumn trip to Bear Mountain State Park

slemp_bear_mt_20140924_005

A southbound intermodal train crosses the causeway at the north end of Iona Island as it speeds towards New Jersey on CSX’s River Subdivision..

On August 24, 2014 I was able to spend a few hours trackside around Bear Mountain State Park along the Hudson River in New York State.   I’d wanted to check out this area for awhile and it ended up being a decent day.  We didn’t hike up the mountain though as we weren’t entirely sure where we could get a good vantage point.  Unfortunately, what you see here are pretty much all the photo’s I got as the CF card in my camera got corrupted somehow.  Oh well, maybe that experience will give me the kick I need to get a new(er) Nikon. Continue reading

Advertisements

Mass Central Open House

MCER 1750 basks in the warm June sun.

MCER 1750 basks in the warm June sun.

As part of the Northeast/New England RPM Meet in Collinsville, CT there are a number of tours available to participants. This year I went to Palmer, MA for the Mass Central Railroad’s open house. Lighting was a little tough since we was there at high noon on a gorgeous June 1st, but I did my best to get a few shots of the equipment and facility 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

2010 Railfanning Retrospective

001_csx_palmer_03-16-10.jpg
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

Presidents Day at Palmer 2009

002_amtk_palmer_021609.jpg

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

Presidents Day at Palmer

001_csx_palmer_021808.jpg
CSX ES44DC No. 5373 at Palmer, MA on Feb. 18, 2008.

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 :-).