The following photos are from my fall 2011 visit to the New London, Ct. area. There is a lot to see in less than a half hour drive from New London. If you have a passenger timetable you could get a nice group of shots at a half dozen interesting waterfront and station or tower locations in half a day. You could then take in the Mystic Seaport Museum later in the day that has a lot to offer anyone interested in vintage boats, large or small. In Groton you can also take in the Submarine museum and if you are lucky get a shot across the river of the NECR passing by. I was not that lucky as the day I visited was a Tuesday and that is the only day of the week that the submarine museum is closed. A good reason for a return trip to the area.
The Mystic, Ct. ex-New Haven station still stands in 2011 and is in very good shape being used as the tourist information centre and shelter for commuters. Mystic is just a short 15 minute drive north of New London and worth a stop if you are interested in vintage wooden boats and lift bridges. The Mystic Seaport Museum is a working boat yard with many restorations ongoing and is one of the towns highlights. Also there is a railroad swing bridge about a half mile south of the station which is interesting to see operate. The other highlight in town if you are interested in lift bridges is the Hwy. 1 lift bridge, noted as the narrowest spot on the highway that stretches from Maine to Ft. Lauderdale Florida.
|Mystic station as it looks in October 2011.|
|As I was getting out of my car at the Mystic depot...as usual that is the time the gates start going and I quickly bale out and get a grab shot. This one I think turned out better than most.|
|About half a mile north of the Mystic, Ct. station is this swing bridge that is seen in the open position. There is a lot of boat traffic in the area and I am guessing this bridge might open more than one expects.|
|Looking over the river at the Mystic Seaport museum and some of the vintage boat that can be seen, Oct. 2011|
|Another of the many waterfront scenes one will find in Mystic, Ct...if you are a seaside town modeller there is a lot of inspiration to be found in this town.|
|And the last Mystic scene...a neat marine storage structure seen in the background. The railway swing bridge is just behind me as I took this photo.|
At Groton I stopped by to see if the old brick NH tower was still standing north of the lift bridge on the Thames River. It was and I took a look around. I had seen a photo taken with a train and the tower in a calendar that I saved. I could not remember the angle. I did hang around for a bit...but no trains passed. I took a short drive over to a riverside location to get a good look across the river at New London and the lift bridge over the Thames River. The bridge was in the process of going up as a lone sailboat wanted to pass. When I got home and checked out my calendar which is a BRCF train crew, out-of-work insurance yearly calendar. The photos used are contest winners. I actually had one of my photos used in 1994. I realised the photo was taken from on the bridge...somewhere I would land up in jail if I wanted to try a photo, but a shot a train crew could easily get.
|This photo was taken back in 1992 of the Amtrak Virginian heading south at Groton, Ct. This photo was a contest winner for the October 1993 page of the BRCF calendar. The BRCF is a railroad employee insurance group.|
|Groton tower as it looks during a visit in October 2011. The silver boxes have taken over this scene.|
|Groton, Ct. up close.|
While looking around New London, Ct. this fall there was a passenger or commuter train sitting idle on the outside track nearest the river facing south. It was getting near rush hour time so this might have been for loading when a ferry arrived our possibly a tour group. It was gone when I checked the next morning. Interestingly it was not electric as all the others I seen go by. The coaches had NH and Connecticut Commuter Rail markings added.
|Layover equipment at the New London, Ct. station, October 2011.|