Central Vermont GP9s, Palmer, Massachusetts, August 1989.

A Different Angle.

Over the years, I’ve made countless images of the Central Vermont Railway, and its modern day successor, New England Central at Palmer.

It was a warm August evening, the light was nice, and a pair of CV GP9s were working the Conrail interchange.

  Exposed on Kodachrome with a Leica M2 with 35mm Summicron lens.

Exposed on Kodachrome with a Leica M2 with 35mm Summicron lens.

Rather than simply make another close-up trackside-view, I opted for this unusual angle south of the old Union Station. I put CV’s tracks in the foreground, while framing the locomotives in the canopy supports of the station. For me this tells a story while putting a less common perspective on a familiar place.

This was 15 years before the station was restored and transformed into the Steaming Tender Restaurant. Now the station is again vibrant, while CV and Conrail are many years gone.

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