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Crossing Main Street
A Connecticut Southern Railroad train crosses Main Street in Manchester, CT while working the Farmer's Co-op grain mill. Taken April 6, 2004 on Fuji Provia 400.
FL-9 at Night
One of my first flash lit night shots - this was a test we did at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, and was lit by painting it with a Vivitar shoe mount flash (equiv. to a Canon 550EX). This shot would be the genesis to the annual Night Photo Shoot we've been putting on there for a decade now. Taken May 5, 2004 on Fuji Provia 400
CV in Willimantic - 2004
A shot from the first annual night photo shoot at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, held on June 12, 2004 in Willimantic, Connecticut. Lumedyne lighting provided by Mark Player, and shot on Fuji Provia 400F
A New Jersey Transit commuter train leaves Gladstone station
Talking it over at the station
Taken during the second annual Night Photo Shoot at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum on June 11, 2005
CSOR in West Springfield, MA
GMG Coal Departing Palmer
Here the first Green Mountain Gateway unit coal train, after taking a quick break at the Palmer office, pulls north, about to cross the CSX diamond. This was on the New England Central portion of the trip (routing is PW-NECR-VTR-CP) 1/14/2006
A former New Haven EMD FL-9 sits quietly on the grounds of the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum in Willimantic, CT as the crescent moon sets in the background. This was taken during a test night shoot. It was the first time I had used studio monolights to light a night scene - this was using two lights - one nearly face on, and the other broadside. Traditionally we had used a portable Lumedyne flash, which was used to evenly light the scene. This method enabled the use of shadows to add some depth, and preserve the night "feel"
Back it up
A Berkshire Scenic Railway trainman signals the locomotive to shove the train back through the Lenox, MA station. This was as the railroad was preparing for the first night shoot BSRM hosted on August 26, 2006.
At the Station
During the first night photo shoot at the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, MA
Mansfield Derailment Cleanup
A wide view of the derailment scene in Mansfield, CT on the New England Central Railroad. 12/4/2006
New Job on a Foggy Night
On January 6, 2008 the Providence & Worcester Railroad ran the newest job - symbol NR-4 - between Plainfield and Willimantic, CT. The train would handle customers on the Willimantic Branch, along with the interchagne traffic with the New England Central Railroad. Here NR-4 pauses in Willimantic yard so the crew can swap ends for the return trip back to Plainfield.
Pausing under the moon
Providence & Worcester train NR-4 pauses in Willimantic yard under a rising moon.
Painted by the Light
A New England Central freight rests in South Windham, Connecticut. Lighting was done by painting the entire train with a 1,000,000 candlepower flashlight
My first attempt using synchronized off-camera flash at night.
P&W at the Frog Bridge
Providence & Worcester train NR-4 pauses near Willimantic, Connecticut's Frog Bridge, waiting to perform interchange duties with the New England Central Railroad.
Simmering on the Pit
Our old friend, Valley Railroad No 97, simmers on the pit in Essex, Connecticut the evening of November 29, 2008. The Consolodation is currently awaiting FRA rebuild, and is on display at the entrance to Essex station.
At the Whippanny water tower
A Morristown & Erie Alco RS-1 rests at the Whippanny Railroad Museum in Whippanny, NJ
New Hope in the Rain
New Hope and Ivyland GP30 #2198 sits at the station in New Hope, PA as a passing thunderstorm begins to downpour on me and my camera. Taken June 3, 2009
Making the drop
A pair of Lehigh Valley Rail Management switchers drops a stack train for the waiting Norfolk Southern job to pick up in Bethlehem, PA. In the background is the former Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces, and the Sands Casino to the right, undergoing construction.
Signal at Farleys
One of the signals at Farleys on PanAm is backlit by the rising moon.
AYMO in ED
PanAm Railways train AYMO (Ayer, MA to Mohawk Yard, NY) pauses in East Deerfield, MA waiting to continue west with their intermodal train. Taken August 2, 2009
Early Morning Freight
With October 3, 2009 only a couple hours old, New England Central Railroad train 610 works in Willimantic, Connecticut as a local walks by.
Among the foliage
A New England Central northbound freight crosses Depot Road in Mansfield Depot, CT
An eastbound Norfolk Southern freight passes through a windy Macungie, PA
Freight under the Wires
Providence & Worcester train WODA (Worcester to Davisville, RI) passes through Providence, RI on the evening of March 7, 2010.
Ethanol through Stafford Springs
A New England Central Railroad unit ethanol train passes through Stafford Springs, Connecticut
NR-4 through the cut
Providence & Worcester train NR-4 passes through a rock cut near the Scotland Dam in Windham, Connecticut
K-666 at night
Providence & Worcester train K666 - a loaded unit ethanol extra - skirts along the Thames River in Ledyard, CT
Nighttime Train Watching
A couple railfans watch the NECR as they cross Bridge Street in Willimantic the evening of October 6, 2010
An empth ethanol train heads into Willimantic yard