Welcome to Photo Line! Regional railroad Providence & Worcester has enjoyed modest success in New England since winning its independece from Penn Central in 1973. Growing beyond its namesake cities to include more than 500 route miles, the railroad maintains an attractive fleet of modern diesels in matching paint to pull the freight. Join photographer Tom Nanos as we follow the P&W through the seasons along Connecticut's beautiful Thames River valley.
Eighty cars of empty gas cans
Unit empty ethanol extra K-667 heads south past Stoddard Cove on December 7, 2010. This ethanol traffic is part of the new Green Mountain Gateway "alphabet route" that involves the New England Central, Green Mountain Railway, Clarendon & Pittsford, and the Canadian Pacific to move product from the Midwest to terminals in Rhode Island.
Christmas card material
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 rolls south along the Thames River in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, Connecticut, as an earnest snowfall ensues on February 27, 2007. This was was really Christmas card material as the railroad used it on the cover of their 2008 company holiday greetings.
Northbound train NR-2 passes by the still waters of Stoddard Cove on March 23, 2011. The sharp curve here helps capture the complete consist of this long freight. A few standard-cab EMDs remain on the roster which is seemingly dominated by modern GE diesels.
Fall colors and "The Sun"
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 snakes their way south along the colorful foliage surrounding the Thames River in Preston, Connecticut, on Halloween 2008. The popular Mohegan Sun Casino and Hotel complex makes for an interesting modern backdrop to this bucolic scene.
Ice, water, and sky
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heads south past Stoddard Cove in Ledyard, Connecticut, on a cold mid-January morning in 2008.
Fall colors at Milepost 7
The sun emerges just long enough to highlight Providence & Worcester train NR-2 as it pulls south past a tidal pool near milepost 7 in Ledyard, Connecticut, on November 22, 2010.
Kicking up snow at Mill Cove
Freshly fallen snow is disturbed by the passing of a short Providence & Worcester local on a cold and windy December morning in 2008.
Exercising trackage rights on Amtrak's electrified Northeast Corridor, Providence & Worcester train NR-2 pulls across the Shaw's Cove swing bridge in New London, Connecticut, en route towards New Haven and Cedar Hill Yard on November 17, 2009.
Lilacs and locomotives
Providence & Worcester train NR-2 heading south along Mill Cove with some lilac blooms on May 9, 2008. The indirect sunlight offered an opportunity to highlight the colorful springtime blossoms.