Pan Am & Amtrak Trains Plowing Snow After The Blizzard of 2015
A big snow storm brings excellent photo opportunities! I was lucky to have
the day off from school (again) and was able to make it trackside early
Wednesday morning. 0930hrs was where the fun began when two locomotives ran
lite to CPF194 to pick up more engines. The line had not been broken in yet
so my chance of getting a blasting snow shot was very good!
I climbed through snow that went to my waste (such as the second shot of
the Amtrak Portland X-tra in Yarmouth) and climbed snowbanks to get certain
angles. It was tricky positioning the camera in a couple spots I went to.
After I caught the Amtrak Portland Extra in Yarmouth, I took the backroads
back to Portland in case there was an eastbound going to leave. I got into
Portland where I heard a train giving info with 6 locomotives. That
broadcast over the scanner lead me to I-295 where I went strait for the
marsh. When I got onto Blackpoint Road I managed to get behind the slowest
person in the world. And to make it even worse, they turned down Winnocks
Neck Road, going under the speed limit, making it very hard for me to try
and see the 6 engine lite move. When I got to an opening, I looked and saw
the train coming. If that person was going any slower, I would not have
been able to get the shot of them going across the marsh at 2:00. It
wasn't the best shot, but it showed the train going through some decent
sized snow drifts.
And the killer show of the day was when Amtrak 684 came through Haverhill
pushing through untouched snow throwing it everywhere and burying me
(hahaa). And I was in such a rush because they the train was coming I
didn't realize the gate was going to be in the way of the camera view! I
was kicking myself for that. At least you can still see what it was like
and how awesome it was. At 5:37 is what I looked like after I got
After the Haverhill shot, I went to Plaistow to catch DO-1 again, and then
once more in North Andover, where I met up with Trinityct for an hour or
Then it was time for me to head to Subway, get gas and hit the road back to
Maine. It was a thrilling day, and I had some awesome experiences.
Also, notice the snow getting cleared of the horn between 2:45 and 2:53.