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This photo is of TV80-W, a short Friday only train destined for Worcester, MA on March 22, 1996. The lead engine is SD-50 CR 6733. The location is Lower Valley Road grade crossing in Washington, MA. This is the only public crossing at grade in a stretch of 42 miles, between Huntington, MA, and the MA/NY state line. This location is also known as "Ballou's".
Photo Online: December 28, 2005
TV80-W
Carl Weber - This photo is of TV80-W, a short Friday only train destined for Worcester, MA on March 22, 1996. The lead engine is SD-50 CR 6733. The location is Lower Valley Road grade crossing in Washington, MA. This is the only public crossing at grade in a stretch of 42 miles, between Huntington, MA, and the MA/NY state line. This location is also known as "Ballou's".
Carl Weber (268K)

It is March 22, 1996, and this was my first encounter with the "Big Macs", and judging from the complaining eminating from the cab (via scanner), it must have been the engineer's, also. He was muttering away, wondering how "they" expected him to get THIS train over the mountain with "just TWO" engines. The location is MP 127 in Chester, the train was "down" to about 20 mph at this point and he had the teeth of the grade coming up in another half mile. The train was an LASE-X, a joint Guilford/Conrail train originating in Lawrence, MA. I just had to see how he was going to make out on the hill, so took off up the hill to Ballou's........the next photo below.
Photo Online: December 28, 2005
LASE-X
Carl Weber - It is March 22, 1996, and this was my first encounter with the "Big Macs", and judging from the complaining eminating from the cab (via scanner), it must have been the engineer's, also. He was muttering away, wondering how "they" expected him to get THIS train over the mountain with "just TWO" engines. The location is MP 127 in Chester, the train was "down" to about 20 mph at this point and he had the teeth of the grade coming up in another half mile. The train was an LASE-X, a joint Guilford/Conrail train originating in Lawrence, MA. I just had to see how he was going to make out on the hill, so took off up the hill to Ballou's........the next photo below.
Carl Weber (294K)

Up at Ballou's, which had the "added attraction" of a "talking detector-HBD/DED", the LASE-X shows up. It's exactly 8 miles between MP 127 and here, and it took him 34 minutes to do it. The detector gives a speed read-out of 15 mph, and an axle count of 616! Minus the two locomotives, that's 151 cars! No wonder the engineer was fuming, but I think the Macs made a believer out of him.
Photo Online: December 28, 2005
On the Hill
Carl Weber - Up at Ballou's, which had the "added attraction" of a "talking detector-HBD/DED", the LASE-X shows up. It's exactly 8 miles between MP 127 and here, and it took him 34 minutes to do it. The detector gives a speed read-out of 15 mph, and an axle count of 616! Minus the two locomotives, that's 151 cars! No wonder the engineer was fuming, but I think the Macs made a believer out of him.
Carl Weber (267K)

This is TV-6 eastbound lead by CR 6128 C40-8W at CP 140 in the Hinsdale Flats atop Washington Hill in the early a.m. of April 6, 1996.
Photo Online: December 28, 2005
CR 6128
Carl Weber - This is TV-6 eastbound lead by CR 6128 C40-8W at CP 140 in the Hinsdale Flats atop Washington Hill in the early a.m. of April 6, 1996.
Carl Weber (320K)

Another early encounter with the Big MAC's, CR 4114 on May 18, 1996. Actually chased this guy, westbound BOSE, from Westfield to here; Muddy Pond in Washington, a distance of 31 miles, with several stops for other photos along the way. This was my favorite shot because it was also my first chance to try out a lens I had just gotten, a Pentax 200mmf2.5 telephoto. Time was 07:13 and this was shot with the lens wide open.
Photo Online: January 3, 2006
CR 4114 at Dusk
Carl Weber - Another early encounter with the Big MAC's, CR 4114 on May 18, 1996. Actually chased this guy, westbound BOSE, from Westfield to here; Muddy Pond in Washington, a distance of 31 miles, with several stops for other photos along the way. This was my favorite shot because it was also my first chance to try out a lens I had just gotten, a Pentax 200mmf2.5 telephoto. Time was 07:13 and this was shot with the lens wide open.
Carl Weber (198K)

The ultimate in "foreign" power, "London, Midland & Scottish" C40-8W 705 leads what won't be foreign power in a few more years, CSX SD-40-2 8007, on ML-482 at Washington depot on May 18, 1996. Sorry, couldn't resist that one, but always thought of that pre-nationalisation British road when I saw those initials.
Photo Online: January 3, 2006
LMS 705
Carl Weber - The ultimate in "foreign" power, "London, Midland & Scottish" C40-8W 705 leads what won't be foreign power in a few more years, CSX SD-40-2 8007, on ML-482 at Washington depot on May 18, 1996. Sorry, couldn't resist that one, but always thought of that pre-nationalisation British road when I saw those initials.
Carl Weber (225K)

While digging through the archives, came upon this one taken on March 14, 1998. It shows the "class unit", 4100, and "tail-end Charlie", the 4129, (ex Demo) tied together on westbound FRSE at Chester, MA. I don't know if I ever caught this pair again, like this.
Photo Online: January 3, 2006
CR 4100
Carl Weber - While digging through the archives, came upon this one taken on March 14, 1998. It shows the "class unit", 4100, and "tail-end Charlie", the 4129, (ex Demo) tied together on westbound FRSE at Chester, MA. I don't know if I ever caught this pair again, like this.
Carl Weber (327K)

Here we see the tail-end that Carl mentions in the photo above.
Photo Online: January 3, 2006
CR 4129
Carl Weber - Here we see the tail-end that Carl mentions in the photo above.
Carl Weber (324K)

Conrail 4114 on SEFR is eastbound, passing CP 83 in Palmer, MA, on September 30, 1996.
Photo Online: January 3, 2006
CR 4114 SEFR
Carl Weber - Conrail 4114 on SEFR is eastbound, passing CP 83 in Palmer, MA, on September 30, 1996.
Carl Weber (335K)

SEBO is just east of Ballou's on July 20, 1996. Looks like the "cab A.C." is working overtime on the 4122.
Photo Online: January 3, 2006
CR 4122
Carl Weber - SEBO is just east of Ballou's on July 20, 1996. Looks like the "cab A.C." is working overtime on the 4122.
Carl Weber (364K)

A good example of being lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. Taken on May 25, 1996, 4104 leads an SPSE-X westward past the old coal tower in Chester, MA. and meets eastbound SENE behind C30-7A 6551 and siblings. Both trains moving at about 20-25 mph.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 4104
Carl Weber - A good example of being lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time. Taken on May 25, 1996, 4104 leads an SPSE-X westward past the old coal tower in Chester, MA. and meets eastbound SENE behind C30-7A 6551 and siblings. Both trains moving at about 20-25 mph.
Carl Weber (341K)

And here is where they finally meet up, old versus new.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 4104
Carl Weber - And here is where they finally meet up, old versus new.
Carl Weber (280K)

Eastbound multi-level train ML-482 crests the summit of Washington Hill in Hinsdale, MA. on April 6, 1996. Despite appearences, this IS the front of the train, the engineer evidently forgetting the headlight and.....they all liked those red class/marker lights.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 6563
Carl Weber - Eastbound multi-level train ML-482 crests the summit of Washington Hill in Hinsdale, MA. on April 6, 1996. Despite appearences, this IS the front of the train, the engineer evidently forgetting the headlight and.....they all liked those red class/marker lights.
Carl Weber (309K)

At this point in time it was kind of unusual to see this many C30-7A's piled together...must have been old home week.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 6563
Carl Weber - At this point in time it was kind of unusual to see this many C30-7A's piled together...must have been old home week.
Carl Weber (312K)

NESE winds through the reverse curve at the north end of Muddy Pond, entering Hinsdale from Washington. Once the C30-7A's arrived en masse, in August 1984, they just about owned the old Boston & Albany for the next 7 years, or so.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 6569
Carl Weber - NESE winds through the reverse curve at the north end of Muddy Pond, entering Hinsdale from Washington. Once the C30-7A's arrived en masse, in August 1984, they just about owned the old Boston & Albany for the next 7 years, or so.
Carl Weber (292K)

The 6569 and teammates will cross the summit of the Berkshires just a few hundred yards ahead.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 6569
Carl Weber - The 6569 and teammates will cross the summit of the Berkshires just a few hundred yards ahead.
Carl Weber (345K)

April 6, 1996. Westbound FRSE winding through the reverse curve along Muddy Pond at the Washington/Hinsdale town line. Seems SOMEONE has a low opinion of their employer. This is at least the second CR engine I know of with the "mis-spelled" company name, GP-40 3232 had it also, back in the early 80's.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 6566
Carl Weber - April 6, 1996. Westbound FRSE winding through the reverse curve along Muddy Pond at the Washington/Hinsdale town line. Seems SOMEONE has a low opinion of their employer. This is at least the second CR engine I know of with the "mis-spelled" company name, GP-40 3232 had it also, back in the early 80's.
Carl Weber (241K)

This second shot is a wider view of the same train from the same vantage point as above. I used to do a lot of combination tele/normal shots.
Photo Online: January 15, 2006
CR 6566
Carl Weber - This second shot is a wider view of the same train from the same vantage point as above. I used to do a lot of combination tele/normal shots.
Carl Weber (270K)

Telephoto view of westbound FRSE coming up on the summit of the Berkshires in Hinsdale, MA, with SD-80MAC 4110 leading the way through the autumnal color on October 1, 1996.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - Telephoto view of westbound FRSE coming up on the summit of the Berkshires in Hinsdale, MA, with SD-80MAC 4110 leading the way through the autumnal color on October 1, 1996.
Carl Weber (224K)

Normal lens view of FRSE passing the summit of the Berkshires in Hinsdale on October 1, 1996.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - Normal lens view of FRSE passing the summit of the Berkshires in Hinsdale on October 1, 1996.
Carl Weber (223K)

Also taken on October 1, 1996, this is SELA working upgrade at Old Dalton Road undergrade in Hinsdale, MA. The SD-60M's were favorite EMD's of mine, "handsome" locomotives, and never saw quite enough of them.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - Also taken on October 1, 1996, this is SELA working upgrade at Old Dalton Road undergrade in Hinsdale, MA. The SD-60M's were favorite EMD's of mine, "handsome" locomotives, and never saw quite enough of them.
Carl Weber (321K)

The 4123 leads eastbound SEFR upgrade just below the crest of the grade in Hinsdale on October 1, 1996. The BOSE/SEBO and FRSE/SEFR turns were regular early recepients of the SD-80MAC's ministrations on the old Boston & Albany.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - The 4123 leads eastbound SEFR upgrade just below the crest of the grade in Hinsdale on October 1, 1996. The BOSE/SEBO and FRSE/SEFR turns were regular early recepients of the SD-80MAC's ministrations on the old Boston & Albany.
Carl Weber (304K)

The 4123 approaches closer for an even more dramatic shot.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - The 4123 approaches closer for an even more dramatic shot.
Carl Weber (241K)

A little after 0900, westbound BOSE passes the summit of Washington Hill. I don't usually shoot westbounds this early at the summit because of the sun angle, but wanted to try it once. The 4120 leads on the first day of October 1996.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - A little after 0900, westbound BOSE passes the summit of Washington Hill. I don't usually shoot westbounds this early at the summit because of the sun angle, but wanted to try it once. The 4120 leads on the first day of October 1996.
Carl Weber (218K)

Cropped from a 35mm slide that was shot as a vertical (a liitle off the top, a little off the bottom) also from October 4, 1996. Eastbound SEFR begins the assault on the west slope of Washington hill, climbing out of North Adams Junction in Pittsfield, down in the blurry distance, almost a mile away. The gradient in the foreground is about 1.4%, and it's dead level down in the distance at the rear of the train.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - Cropped from a 35mm slide that was shot as a vertical (a liitle off the top, a little off the bottom) also from October 4, 1996. Eastbound SEFR begins the assault on the west slope of Washington hill, climbing out of North Adams Junction in Pittsfield, down in the blurry distance, almost a mile away. The gradient in the foreground is about 1.4%, and it's dead level down in the distance at the rear of the train.
Carl Weber (206K)

It appears that SEBO has been saddled with "overflow" multi-levels as he tops the west slope of Washington Hill in Hinsdale center, led by the 4125 on October 4, 1996.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - It appears that SEBO has been saddled with "overflow" multi-levels as he tops the west slope of Washington Hill in Hinsdale center, led by the 4125 on October 4, 1996.
Carl Weber (230K)

Just before sun-up on October 4, 1996, the 4111 leads eastbound multi-level train ML-482 past CP 140 in the midst of the Hinsdale Flats atop Washington Hill. This is one of the few places with low enough horizons to get decent light for most of the day on "the hill".
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - Just before sun-up on October 4, 1996, the 4111 leads eastbound multi-level train ML-482 past CP 140 in the midst of the Hinsdale Flats atop Washington Hill. This is one of the few places with low enough horizons to get decent light for most of the day on "the hill".
Carl Weber (163K)

By October 15, 1996, the fall foliage in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts is past peak and, speaking of "peak", that one looming in the background is Mt Greylock. At 3.491 ft., the highest in the state. The 500mm chunk of glass used to capture this image also belies the fact that the mountain is also 19 miles distant. By the way, the train is westbound TV-99, led by SD-60I 5584, rolling across, believe it or not, a 2 and a half mile long tangent in Richmond, MA.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - By October 15, 1996, the fall foliage in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts is past peak and, speaking of "peak", that one looming in the background is Mt Greylock. At 3.491 ft., the highest in the state. The 500mm chunk of glass used to capture this image also belies the fact that the mountain is also 19 miles distant. By the way, the train is westbound TV-99, led by SD-60I 5584, rolling across, believe it or not, a 2 and a half mile long tangent in Richmond, MA.
Carl Weber (365K)

Eastbound SEBO greets the morning sun on October 15, 1996, as he crests the grade in Hinsdale center, led by SD-60I 5597.
Photo Online: January 22, 2006

Carl Weber - Eastbound SEBO greets the morning sun on October 15, 1996, as he crests the grade in Hinsdale center, led by SD-60I 5597.
Carl Weber (275K)

The folowing three shots were all taken the same day, October 17, 1996. The day started out foggy, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and then cleared off nicely later in the morning. The first shot shows eastbound SEBO with SD-80MAC CR 4120 boring through the fog near MP 68 in Brookfield, MA.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4120
Carl Weber - The folowing three shots were all taken the same day, October 17, 1996. The day started out foggy, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and then cleared off nicely later in the morning. The first shot shows eastbound SEBO with SD-80MAC CR 4120 boring through the fog near MP 68 in Brookfield, MA.
Carl Weber (114K)

The second shot in this series is TV10-B lead by SD-60I CR 5593 at the same location a little later as the fog begins to burn off.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 5593
Carl Weber - The second shot in this series is TV10-B lead by SD-60I CR 5593 at the same location a little later as the fog begins to burn off.
Carl Weber (304K)

The third and last shot on that October day in 1996 sees westbound FRSE lead by SD-80MAC CR 4100 passing through East Brookfield in the afternoon with bright sun and glorious foliage.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4100
Carl Weber - The third and last shot on that October day in 1996 sees westbound FRSE lead by SD-80MAC CR 4100 passing through East Brookfield in the afternoon with bright sun and glorious foliage.
Carl Weber (416K)

This shot is eastbound TV-10B-X (SD-80MAC CR 4111) at the former site of the depot in Washington, MA. on January 18, 1997.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4111
Carl Weber - This shot is eastbound TV-10B-X (SD-80MAC CR 4111) at the former site of the depot in Washington, MA. on January 18, 1997.
Carl Weber (282K)

Another series of three photos, all SD-80MAC's, taken the same cold day, January 28, 1997. First is BOEL (CR 4117) exiting the big cut at Washington depot in Washington, MA. at 07:44. Note the "art work" on the relay cabinet at right. Some CR "wag" named the private crossing at this location the "Cat Lady crossing" in memory of an old lady who once lived across the road from here, and had a LOT 'o CATS! I know, because I remember her and the cats, too.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4117
Carl Weber - Another series of three photos, all SD-80MAC's, taken the same cold day, January 28, 1997. First is BOEL (CR 4117) exiting the big cut at Washington depot in Washington, MA. at 07:44. Note the "art work" on the relay cabinet at right. Some CR "wag" named the private crossing at this location the "Cat Lady crossing" in memory of an old lady who once lived across the road from here, and had a LOT 'o CATS! I know, because I remember her and the cats, too.
Carl Weber (320K)

Next in the series is eastbound autorack train ML482 (CR 4106) blowing through CP 140 in the Hinsdale flats with a wet, soggy snow falling.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4106
Carl Weber - Next in the series is eastbound autorack train ML482 (CR 4106) blowing through CP 140 in the Hinsdale flats with a wet, soggy snow falling.
Carl Weber (251K)

Last in this three-photo-series is SEFR (CR 4120) nearing the summit of Washington Hill just east of MP 139 in Hinsdale. That's the Hinsdale flats the train is strung out on behind.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4120
Carl Weber - Last in this three-photo-series is SEFR (CR 4120) nearing the summit of Washington Hill just east of MP 139 in Hinsdale. That's the Hinsdale flats the train is strung out on behind.
Carl Weber (412K)

The next pair of photos are actually the SAME photo, I just did a cropped version for a closer look at the headend, and a nearly full-frame version. This is a late-running TV-6 (CR 6786) just past MP139 in Hinsdale, approaching the "Top 'o the B&A", around 2:00 in the afternoon of January 28, 1997. The pair of SD-50's was a little unusual for the B&A at this time.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 6786
Carl Weber - The next pair of photos are actually the SAME photo, I just did a cropped version for a closer look at the headend, and a nearly full-frame version. This is a late-running TV-6 (CR 6786) just past MP139 in Hinsdale, approaching the "Top 'o the B&A", around 2:00 in the afternoon of January 28, 1997. The pair of SD-50's was a little unusual for the B&A at this time.
Carl Weber (192K)

This is the actual photo from the lens.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 6786
Carl Weber - This is the actual photo from the lens.
Carl Weber (320K)

This next pair, like the previous two, are a cropped version and a nearly full-frame view. The train is once-a-week TV-99 (CR 6759) running along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA, just west of MP 138 on January 29, 1997. The "interesting" thing about this photo(s) is the "interest" shown by the engineer, as he checks out the photographer--ME!, with a pair of binoculars. MYOB, and pay attention to your train handling, Bub!
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 6759
Carl Weber - This next pair, like the previous two, are a cropped version and a nearly full-frame view. The train is once-a-week TV-99 (CR 6759) running along Muddy Pond in Washington, MA, just west of MP 138 on January 29, 1997. The "interesting" thing about this photo(s) is the "interest" shown by the engineer, as he checks out the photographer--ME!, with a pair of binoculars. MYOB, and pay attention to your train handling, Bub!
Carl Weber (437K)

The is the nearly full-frame view of the photo above.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 6759
Carl Weber - The is the nearly full-frame view of the photo above.
Carl Weber (192K)

This shot is NHSE (CR 6612) working upgrade at MP 129 in Becket, MA. on May 10, 1985. The 6612 was less than a year old at the time, and, for some esoteric reason, I had "adopted" it as a favorite of mine. Maybe it was something to do with the number 6612 (6+6=12?!). When it was rebuilt after a collision near Philly in 1987, and got a "facelift" with the flat-topped roof and slightly differant nose from the C40-8's, I definitely was on the lookout for it.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 6612
Carl Weber - This shot is NHSE (CR 6612) working upgrade at MP 129 in Becket, MA. on May 10, 1985. The 6612 was less than a year old at the time, and, for some esoteric reason, I had "adopted" it as a favorite of mine. Maybe it was something to do with the number 6612 (6+6=12?!). When it was rebuilt after a collision near Philly in 1987, and got a "facelift" with the flat-topped roof and slightly differant nose from the C40-8's, I definitely was on the lookout for it.
Carl Weber (330K)

Here is SEBO (CR 4125 & CR 4113) crossing the east branch of the Westfield river at MP 119 in Huntington on May 8, 1997. This is the confluence of the east and west branches, with the west branch coming in right at the left side of the photo, and it is the west branch that the railroad follows up into the Berkshire hills.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 4125
Carl Weber - Here is SEBO (CR 4125 & CR 4113) crossing the east branch of the Westfield river at MP 119 in Huntington on May 8, 1997. This is the confluence of the east and west branches, with the west branch coming in right at the left side of the photo, and it is the west branch that the railroad follows up into the Berkshire hills.
Carl Weber (192K)

This is TV-6 (CR 6612) nearing MP 81 in Palmer, MA. on October 13, 1989. Included this one, since it's a fairly decent shot of the 6612 with it's "facelift" from the repair after the Philly collision. Note also, the two differant font number boards.
Photo Online: September 15, 2006
CR 6612
Carl Weber - This is TV-6 (CR 6612) nearing MP 81 in Palmer, MA. on October 13, 1989. Included this one, since it's a fairly decent shot of the 6612 with it's "facelift" from the repair after the Philly collision. Note also, the two differant font number boards.
Carl Weber (192K)

"Strangers in a strange land"? Well, "Gillfud" may be considered "strange" by some, but ConRail power going for jaunts on the B&M was fairly common. This set, led by the first unit of CR's last order of GP-40-2's, the 3389, is at East Deerfield, MA, on January 26, 1985. They may have come east on a Bow coal train, but are getting ready to take an EDME-X back west.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - "Strangers in a strange land"? Well, "Gillfud" may be considered "strange" by some, but ConRail power going for jaunts on the B&M was fairly common. This set, led by the first unit of CR's last order of GP-40-2's, the 3389, is at East Deerfield, MA, on January 26, 1985. They may have come east on a Bow coal train, but are getting ready to take an EDME-X back west.
Carl Weber (312K)

Our first encounter with the fairly new, at the time, GE B36-7's occured on February 10, 1984 in Hinsdale, MA. Eastbound TV-14X, led by the 5045, was stabbed at the Hinsdale crossovers for an opposing train, as one track on the east slope of Washington Hill was out of service. As the railroad was still ABS signal rules and a TBO was controlling the hand-throw switches and handing up orders to trains running against the flow, it didn't matter that the train stopped "in advance" of the block signal seen in the photo.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - Our first encounter with the fairly new, at the time, GE B36-7's occured on February 10, 1984 in Hinsdale, MA. Eastbound TV-14X, led by the 5045, was stabbed at the Hinsdale crossovers for an opposing train, as one track on the east slope of Washington Hill was out of service. As the railroad was still ABS signal rules and a TBO was controlling the hand-throw switches and handing up orders to trains running against the flow, it didn't matter that the train stopped "in advance" of the block signal seen in the photo.
Carl Weber (207K)

SD-80MAC 4116 and mate do their best imitation of.......No, NOT Alco's, but WWII destroyers laying down a smoke screen as they dash across the Hinsdale flats atop Washington Hill with SEBO in the early morning of February 7, 1998.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - SD-80MAC 4116 and mate do their best imitation of.......No, NOT Alco's, but WWII destroyers laying down a smoke screen as they dash across the Hinsdale flats atop Washington Hill with SEBO in the early morning of February 7, 1998.
Carl Weber (275K)

The 4103 and companion have SEBO in control as they roll down the east slope of Washington Hill approaching Ballou's on March 25, 1998.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - The 4103 and companion have SEBO in control as they roll down the east slope of Washington Hill approaching Ballou's on March 25, 1998.
Carl Weber (311K)

In the summer of 1978 a line-up of cabooses in the Hartford, CT. yard includes an ex Pennsy van assigned to work train service, CR 46131R. Two transfer vans, still PC Jade green, the 18488 and 18394, and one painted into the blue CR livery, the 18255.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - In the summer of 1978 a line-up of cabooses in the Hartford, CT. yard includes an ex Pennsy van assigned to work train service, CR 46131R. Two transfer vans, still PC Jade green, the 18488 and 18394, and one painted into the blue CR livery, the 18255.
Carl Weber (323K)

This is TV-8BX coming down the east slope of Washington Hill at Bancroft, MA. (Middlefield station) on May 27, 1984, led by SD-45-2's 6657 and 6666, SDP-45 6685 is the trailing unit in this lash-up.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - This is TV-8BX coming down the east slope of Washington Hill at Bancroft, MA. (Middlefield station) on May 27, 1984, led by SD-45-2's 6657 and 6666, SDP-45 6685 is the trailing unit in this lash-up.
Carl Weber (227K)

The same as the photo above, but a tighter crop on the locomotives. Remember, the train is descending a 1.5% grade through here, so he's NOT on the level.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - The same as the photo above, but a tighter crop on the locomotives. Remember, the train is descending a 1.5% grade through here, so he's NOT on the level.
Carl Weber (216K)

TV-8B passing the site of the former depot in Washington, MA., just before plunging down the east slope of Washington hill on June 16, 1984. Just about 1/3 of ConRail's ex EL SD-45-2 fleet is present here, the 6659, 6658, and 6656 are led by the 6665.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - TV-8B passing the site of the former depot in Washington, MA., just before plunging down the east slope of Washington hill on June 16, 1984. Just about 1/3 of ConRail's ex EL SD-45-2 fleet is present here, the 6659, 6658, and 6656 are led by the 6665.
Carl Weber (214K)

Later in the day on June 16, 1984, westbound ballast train BAL-775 rounds the curve just before passing the summit of Washington hill in Hinsdale, MA. Another ConRail "rare bird", C30-7 6601, leads "Bathtubs" 6660, 6662, and 6661.
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - Later in the day on June 16, 1984, westbound ballast train BAL-775 rounds the curve just before passing the summit of Washington hill in Hinsdale, MA. Another ConRail "rare bird", C30-7 6601, leads "Bathtubs" 6660, 6662, and 6661.
Carl Weber (209K)

Late in the afternoon of May 27, 1984, SEBO is coming up on William's Riding Way in Westfield,
Photo Online: September 12, 2007

Carl Weber - Late in the afternoon of May 27, 1984, SEBO is coming up on William's Riding Way in Westfield,
Carl Weber (251K)

Going away shot of SEBO (see photo above). MP 107 is trackside next to the second unit.
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Carl Weber - Going away shot of SEBO (see photo above). MP 107 is trackside next to the second unit.
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NHSE battling upgrade through Bancroft, MA (Middlefield station) on a dreary June 30, 1984 behind SD-45-2's 6663, 6658, and 6654. The trailing unit is "class unit" C30-7 6600.
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Carl Weber - NHSE battling upgrade through Bancroft, MA (Middlefield station) on a dreary June 30, 1984 behind SD-45-2's 6663, 6658, and 6654. The trailing unit is "class unit" C30-7 6600.
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NHSE working up the east slope of Washington hill at the "new location," between MP 129 and MP 130 on July 21, 1984. So-called because the NYC&HRRR, which leased the B&A in 1900, did a major re-route in this area in 1912. Among other work performed in 1912 to upgrade the B&A, was the opening of the second, and larger bore at State Line tunnel in Canaan, NY. Consecutively numbered SD-45-2's 6662, 6661, and 6660 lead "class unit" C30-7 6600 in the lash-up.
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Carl Weber - NHSE working up the east slope of Washington hill at the "new location," between MP 129 and MP 130 on July 21, 1984. So-called because the NYC&HRRR, which leased the B&A in 1900, did a major re-route in this area in 1912. Among other work performed in 1912 to upgrade the B&A, was the opening of the second, and larger bore at State Line tunnel in Canaan, NY. Consecutively numbered SD-45-2's 6662, 6661, and 6660 lead "class unit" C30-7 6600 in the lash-up.
Carl Weber (266K)

Set of light engines eastbound near MP 130 on July 21, 1984. This is the "going away" shot to show the "Bathtubs," note the red flag in the 6658's coupler. The other units are SD-45-2 6663, SD-40 6293, and SD-40-2 6522.
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Carl Weber - Set of light engines eastbound near MP 130 on July 21, 1984. This is the "going away" shot to show the "Bathtubs," note the red flag in the 6658's coupler. The other units are SD-45-2 6663, SD-40 6293, and SD-40-2 6522.
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