Daily Post: Boston & Maine Revisited, PART 2

 The BIG CHASE: Pan American Southern’s EDRJ, November 2013.

Pan Am 618 roars west at Wisdom Way on November 21, 2013.
Pan Am 618 roars west at Wisdom Way on November 21, 2013.

In yesterday’s post, I waxed nostalgic about the old Boston & Maine, illustrating it with images made around East Deerfield on November 21, 2013.

The big chase! Pan Am's EDRJ (East Deerfield to Rotterdam Junction, New York) roars west at Wisdom Way in Greenfield. As we'd say, "To the River!" Stay tuned tomorrow for photos of the BIG EDRJ chase west. (What all this in one day?)
The big chase! Pan Am’s EDRJ (East Deerfield to Rotterdam Junction, New York) roars west at Wisdom Way in Greenfield. As we’d say, “To the River!”

One of the highlights of the day was midday westbound freight, train symbol EDRJ (East Deerfield to Rotterdam Junction) that departed the yard on the Hoosac Tunnel route.

One of my favorite railway activities in the 1980s was a good westward chase on the old B&M. Nothing made this better than a good consist of locomotives. Last Wednesday was like stepping back 30 years. (Sort of).

As we’d say, ‘To the River’ (meaning ‘to the Hudson’).

Although we only got as far as the Vermont-New York state line before the light faded, the spirit of the chase (and chases from year’s gone by) was with us.

See: Boston & Maine Revisited

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

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Old Boston & Maine 3-bay hoppers.
Old Boston & Maine 3-bay hoppers.
Roaring through the valley at Charlemont, Massachusetts.
Roaring through the valley at Charlemont, Massachusetts.
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Easing up to the grade crossing at ‘Florida Station’ near Soapstone, on approach to the east portal of the Hoosac Tunnel.
North Adams, Massachusetts.
North Adams, Massachusetts.
Norfolk Southern 206 eastbound.
Norfolk Southern 206 eastbound.

 

Hoosic River Bridge.
Hoosic River Bridge.

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The light was fading at North Pownal, Vermont.
The light was fading at North Pownal, Vermont.
Pan of Pan Am at Petersburg, NY.
Pan of Pan Am at Petersburg, NY.

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5 thoughts on “Daily Post: Boston & Maine Revisited, PART 2”

  1. Thanks for sharing your chase Brian. Sue & I certainly enjoyed your ride down Memory Lane. Tracking the Light for sure – Sue & I were talking earlier today about the low sun angle spotlighting various things of interest (old rights-of-way for example) this time of year. Earlier this year I took my own revisit to the line ED to M’ville for the first time in several years but just met the eastbound NS intermodal freight around Zoar – no westbound to chase.
    Hope you and your folks had a nice Thanksgiving!

  2. I have a photo at the same Charlemont spot (along the road) taken last Spring from the rear of the Caritas enroute to the Hoosac Tunnel on the fantrip.

  3. Lose the “American.” It’s simply Pan Am Railways, or Pan Am Southern if west of the Willows. Nice chase. I envy you living in western Mass… the Seacoast is relatively dull-ass in comparison. There’s so much more you can do, close to home.

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