Providence & Worcester SD70M-2s lead an Empty Ethanol—Monson, Massachusetts.

Yesterday (December 23, 2016) dawned clear and bright. Everything fell into place nicely, and without too much effort on my part, I made some nice photos of a New England Central (NECR) empty ethanol extra rolling through Monson.

Lately it seems that the elusive loaded ethanol trains tend to reach Stateline Hill in darkness. Over the last few weeks I’ve heard a number of these heavy trains laboring up the grade.

So, I was happy to catch this move. Not only was it the longest train I’ve photographed on the NECR in Monson, but it was my first time catching Providence & Worcester’s relatively new SD70M-2s.

Providence & Worcester EMD-built SD70M-2 4302 leads an empty ethanol extra at Washington Street in Monson. It was here in June 2011 that a tornado swept through the town destroying dozens of buildings and thousands of trees—an event that made international news. I made this  image using my FujiFilm XT1 with 18-135mm zoom lens. Later, I made minor adjustments in post processing to lighten the shadows.

Now that P&W and New England Central are both part of the Genesee & Wyoming family, perhaps these big locomotives will make more frequent appearances on the NECR line over Stateline Hill.

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2 comments on “Providence & Worcester SD70M-2s lead an Empty Ethanol—Monson, Massachusetts.

  1. Lincoln Reed on said:

    Fantastic catch Brian !! That paint scheme really seems to fit those units ! Have a wonderful Christmas to your family and your family of followers! And of course a Blessed and Happy New Year to all !!!!

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