Berkshire Scenic’s Hoosac Valley—A Dozen Photos!

On Sunday October 11, 2015, my father and I drove over the Berkshires to travel and photograph’s Berkshire Scenic’s Hoosac Valley excursion that is now operating on a short portion of the old Boston & Albany branch between Renfrew in Adams and North Adams, Massachusetts.

This presented an opportunity to travel in an old Budd RDC and ride a rarely used portion of the Boston & Albany. This new excursion service had only begun on the previous day, and should run over the next few weekends.

Berkshire Scenic's former Boston & Maine Budd-built RDC. Lumix LX7 photo.
Berkshire Scenic’s former Boston & Maine Budd-built RDC. Lumix LX7 photo.
Berkshire Scenic train departing Renfrew. FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
Berkshire Scenic train departing Renfrew. FujiFilm X-T1 photo.

At Renfrew I met my friends Otto Vondrak, and Kevin Chittenden. Kevin was the engineer for the day.

The weather was nearly perfect—clear polarized sunny skies.

On the only hitch was that a day or two earlier the RDC had developed an electric fault, and as a result was being towed/propelled by a vintage EMD SW8 switcher.

My Irish friends will note that this 800 hp locomotive is remarkably similar to CIE’s Class 121s (also built by EMD).

I made this selection of photographs with my Lumix LX7 and FujiFilm X-T1 digital camera. However, I also exposed a few colour slides with my father’s Leica M4 with 35mm Summilux lens.

Thanks to everyone at the Berkshire Scenic/Hoosac Valley for making this an enjoyable day out.

For details on the new excursion service see: http://hoosacvalleytrainride.com/

Or look at: Hoosac Valley Service on Facebook.

Otto and Kevin at Renfrew, Mass. Lumix LX7 photo.
Otto and Kevin at Renfrew, Mass. Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.
Interior view of the RDC. Lumix LX7 photo.
Interior view of the RDC. Lumix LX7 photo.
Ticket collection on board. Lumix LX7 photo.
Ticket collection on board. Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.

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Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.
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FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
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FujiFilm X-T1 photo.

 

FujiFilm X-T1 photo.
FujiFilm X-T1 photo.

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