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

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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

2010 Railfanning Retrospective

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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

High and Wide!

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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

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