Luck, Wisdom Way, and an Empty Grain Train!

Last week, I exited I-91 at Greenfield, Massachusetts with a vision of nipping over to Pan Am’s East Deerfield Yard—an old haunt that I hadn’t visited in a while.

As luck would have it, I never made it to the yard. Driving east I spotted former CSX GE DASH8-40Cs working west. It was an empty grain train! A prize indeed.

With no time to spare, and working from memory, I navigated post haste to Wisdom Way—a choice overpass on the former Fitchburg Main Line where I’ve made countless photos over the years.

I arrived in just enough time to set my exposure and capture this elusive freight as it passed in and out of dappled sun.

Exposed digitally using a FujiFilm XT1 with 18-135mm zoom lens.

Exposed digitally using a FujiFilm XT1 with 18-135mm zoom lens.

Not bad for a spontaneous catch. Soon I was on my way in another direction aiming to intercept New England Central 611 on its northward run.

Stay tuned for the results of that adventure!

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