Friday 13 June 2014

Snapshot- June 2014

The first train of the day was this Pan Am freight stopped at Eagle Bridge, NY waiting a new crew.  This seemed to be a trend with most of the trains we saw that day.  Not sure how Pan Am makes money with trains sitting with no crews aboard?

Railfanning to and from the Collinsville, CT RPM Don Janes

     On May 28th George and I set out for Collinsville, CT to attend the annual RPM meet.  With the weather looking promising we headed straight to Latham, NY so we could get an early start to our railfanning on Thursday.  After checking out the action, or should I say non action at Mechanicsville, NY we decided to follow the Pan Am RR from there to East Deerfield, MA.  Over the next few days we visited, Palmer, MA, the passenger station at Springfield, MA, and Amsterdam and Utica, NY.  Below are a few of the shots I took during the trip.
Our first encounter was this Auto rack train with NS power in a siding just across the Hudson River from Mechanicsville.  No crew in sight here.
Here is another view of the Pan Am train at Eagle Bridge
East Deerfield yard as viewed from Railfan Bridge.  Note the assorted Pan Am power and old B&M snowplows in the background
At Palmer the Mass. Central GP-38 decked out in her B&M inspired paint scheme made a surprise appearance at the CSX interchange.
The New England Central was pulling a cut of cars from the CSX yard at Plamer as we arrived on the scene
 under threatening skies.  The 437 is an ex Florida East Coast locomotive.
An eastbound Amtrak Train is accelerating out of Amsterdam, NY en route to New York City
A stops at Utica always seems worthwhile and this day was no exception.  Sperry Rail Service car 119 was laying over in the yard on the north side of the passenger station.
Toronto bound Amtrak was arriving at Utica mid afternoon.  Notice the ex BC Rail unit sitting at the shortline  Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern RR  shop in the background.

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