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

Out in the Snow

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A westbound Pan Am train consisting of empty coal hoppers
waits for a crew in the hole at Lake Pleasant in Montague, MA.

Yesterday my friend Tom and I spent a day wandering around the Pioneer Valley. I started the day at Palmer, waiting for Tom to arrive from Connecticut and caught two CSX trains, eastbound and westbound autoracks (wasn’t paying enough attention to catch the train ID’s). NECR also moved some cars into the CSX yard, but I decided to head home for breakfast before they returned. Continue reading

Worth the Wait

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Pan Am power moves onto the service tracks at East Deerfield
as an inbound CP train waits on the main.

After hours of waiting around the Pan Am yard at East Deerfield, MA back in July, we caught this set of power being moved onto the service tracks, just before a train from Pan Am’s interchange with CP heads into the yard. This of course happened quite late in the evening when the excellent light we’d had all day had disappeared.

– Chris