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Photos along the Moosehead Sub; Tracks, Scenery and a Moose!

Canadian Pacific’s Moosehead Subdivision is arguably one of the most scenic railways lines in New England. But this lives up to inverse ratio of trains to scenery; more trains = less scenery; awesome scenery = fewer trains.

As discussed previously, on most days CP operates just one train east and one west, with only the eastbound passing in daylight.

In the long gaps between between trains, Kris and I found plenty of subjects to photograph, including the tracks winding through the trees, the scenery around the beautiful lake, and the wildlife.

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Nocturnal Moves at Jackman, Maine

We chased the westward CP Rail freight from Moosehead to Jackman, near the Canadian frontier.

Many years ago, my friends and I slept in a van at the Jackman Station, courtesy of the CP agent on our way to Quebec.

I recalled that night back in the 1980s, as my Fiancé Kris Sabbatino and I anticipated photographing CP Rail last weekend.

Lucky for us, it stopped to switch out its consist, giving use several opportunities to make photos.

On our return to Moosehead, we met many moose along Route 15!

Exposed on a tripod with a Nikon Z6 mirrorless digital camera
Exposed on a tripod with a Nikon Z6 mirrorless digital camera
Exposed on a tripod with a Nikon Z6 mirrorless digital camera
Exposed on a tripod with a Nikon Z6 mirrorless digital camera
Moose family on Route 15, east of Jackman, Maine. Exposed with a FujiFilm XT1.

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Revisiting the Moosehead Sub—Recon.

My first visit to Canadian Pacific Railway’s Moosehead Subdivision was in the summer of 1972, when my family rented a cabin on Moosehead Lake near the East Outlet of the Kennebec River.

In the 1980s and 1990s, I made several excursions to this beautiful and sometime elusive railroad line.

Over the years this line has changed ownership several times, and CP Rail has recently re-acquired the historic route, and since then I’d been itching to get back up there.

Over this last weekend, my Fiancé, Kris Sabbatino and I made the drive from Center Conway, NH to Moosehead, Maine where we stayed at the very same campground that I had visited as a child back in 1972.

Train operations are sparse and I wanted to make the most of trains if and when we caught them on the move. So first we investigated locations near our cabin.

Here are a few photos exposed using my FujiFilm XT1 of the East Outlet Bridge of the Kennebec River at Moosehead, Maine.

More photos of the Moosehead Sub to come over the coming days!

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