This shot shows that the track structure still needs attention. During the time of this photo, Conrail was installing continuous welded ribbon rail from Boston to Selkirk. You can see the ribbonou... (more)
Helper power waits on the secure siding as work train clears for a westbound and proceeds through the block from track two to track two as if a restricting signal was displayed.
This unit went from PC to CR without even batting an eyelid. Seeing that it is not dash 2 quality could shorten the life of this ex NYC power. In the background a trusty SD40-2 which will survive ... (more)
Sand drops, motors dig in as BOSE starts the climb to the summit at Washington. The swingman takes it all in from his perch on the third unit.
The delayed Selkirk freight is underway after getting new train orders. The fireman has his tuna on rye and the head brakeman has his clearance form D. They seem happy. Also on this day the swing... (more)
Three trains line up at the train order station, and for a few minutes Chester is the railroad capital of New England. 2872 is the lead on RESE, Readville tonnage heading west to Selkirik. Conrail... (more)
This freight SEBO, was smoking as it cascaded downgrade leaving clouds of brake shoe smoke. SEBO was the daily Selkirk to Boston general merchandise freight
The ABC Good Morning America 2008 Whistle Stop Tour rolls through Chester, MA, with the observation car Pennsylvania 120 bringing up the rear. Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Ma... (more)
CSX 5458 leads Q116 through the interlocking at CP-123 from track 2 to the single main at Chester.
During a snow storm on New Years Day, Q424 crosses the Westfield River in Chester, MA, descending the grade out of the Berkshires. After falling and smashing my knee against the side of a boulder,... (more)
Q116 with CSX 699, the diversity in motion unit, crosses the Westfield River and town lines of Middlefield and Chester on it's way down the mountain towards Springfield and Boston.
A normally nocturnal train over the Boston Line makes a rare daylight appearance. Q140 with two GEVOs hustle across the Westfield River in Chester descending the grade out of the Berkshire Hills.
Q425 grinds upgrade on the CSX Berkshire Sub passing a bit of fall foliage adding some color to an otherwise dull, cloudy day.
Q426 desends "The Hill" on its way east, framed by the trees and rocks that make up the beautiful Berkshires...