Congregating. As the hostlers move AMTK 137 into the shop, a gaggle of other Amtrak units (and a BNSF straggler) come together in Chicago. I count 19 locomotives and a few NPCUs in... (more)
Making The Drop. The FRVT crew drops a slug of tank cars, recently arrived from the CSX interchange, into Twin Rivers Technologies. Aside from being the primary customer, TRT also ... (more)
Last Train Home. A late-night arrival from Boston's North Station pulls into Lowell as an outlawed edition of Pan Am's EDPO sits across from the tower, waiting for a fresh crew.
Night Mover. Bob Seger's tune Night Moves came to mind more than once when I spent several weeknights seeking out Pan Am's nocturnal DOBO. Many New England railfans have cha... (more)
Cousins. Mass Coastal 2008 Cape Cod Central 1501 spend the night in the yard at Hyannis. Though both are owned by parent company Cape Rail, they carry different reporting marks, so... (more)
Rare Bird. EMD built only 31 GP28s in the mid-1960s. One of the twelve built for the Illinois Central now enjoys a quiet retirement on Cape Cod. Here she spends the night in Hyann... (more)
When One's Not Enough. What's a railfan from the steam-starved East to do The answer, at least in 2009, was to Go West to Michigan, where eight locomotives were gathering. Here fo... (more)
Fish Out Of Water. Looking somewhat forlorn with an MBTA decal replacing her now-gone MARC lettering, an ex-MARC unit on lease to MBTA leaves North Station.
The Condemned. EMD-repowered RS-3m #1201 was on hand and in service on CCCX's opening day back in 2000, when she was a regular on the summer passenger trains. By the time the Massa... (more)
Dashing Through The Snow. On a chilly afternoon that contrasted with the hot, muggy one we're having today, this MBTA run passed a large oak tree in Shirley en route from Fitchburg ... (more)
Fuel Stop. NN 40 eases up to the coal tower at the East Ely yard complex. #40 will take fuel from the wooden portion; the newer concrete section was built when a stoker-fired engin... (more)
Anonymous. The 80-ton GE center cab that calls Fletcher's Quarry home sits in front of the showroom and cutting house, waiting for another car to pick up from the Pan Am interchange... (more)
Welcome To Wistah! Amtrak 449 threads its way through the newly-configured interlocking and past CSX's ongoing yard expansion project on the way to its Worcester station stop.
End Of Train. AT&SF 999827 makes a nice exclamation point as she brings up the rear of a Pete Lerro photo charter. Certainly this is a nicer way to end a train than a box with a fl... (more)
The Interloper. Making a scheduled appearance at what is mostly an MBTA location, Amtrak's Downeaster from Portland enters North Station.