Last Monday I tried to shoot CP’s Albany-Waterford local D31 switching out Mohawk Paper in Cohoes. I set up on the spur and stood by my gear helplessly watching the train, doubled up with an empty ethanol train, roll by on the main. When I showed up this Monday to try again, the gate to the paper mill was unlocked and open – a good sign. However, the signals on the Colonie Main were set for a southbound train….which wouldn’t be my local.
Not knowing what to expect, I changed locations and set up for whichever train was heading south into Albany. A neighbor came out to express concerns about my car being parked on a “private” street and me being out late taking photos. Then the police came by to check in on my setup. And then the track maintainer came over the radio announcing his work was done. Moment later, the signals changed permitting a train to come north. I could hear the train’s horn a couple miles south in Watervliet.
I tossed all the gear back into the car and drove back around to Mohawk paper. D31 showed up while I was finishing spreading lighting gear around the intersection of Spring Street and Saratoga Ave. Conductor Rob protected the intersection while engineer Al shoved some boxcars into the mill. Their switching provided a couple opportunities for shots – a nice departure from shooting along the main.
Moments after they left and headed to work Waterford it started to rain … good timing.