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Top photos from June, 2009

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June 1st, 2009I headed down to mile 30 to catch up with a once stalwart local railfan returning for a visit and caught CN 384, 148, and 339.
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Scotch Block, Ontario(map) Scotch Block is an excellent photography location at mp 30.0 CN Halton sub, between Milton and Georgetown.
June 3rd, 2009I headed down to New England for my high school reunion and picked up WJED at Brattleboro with a PanAm painted unit meeting the northbound Vermonter.
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Brattleboro, Vermont(map) This town is on the New England Central Railway track near the New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont borders.
June 4th, 2009After arriving at NMH before my classmates, I headed back out to the tracks for a bit for Amtrak 55 and NECR 323.
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Northfield, Massachusetts(map) Home of Northfield Mount Hermon School, where I attended high school and met my wife, Northfield has the junction of the NECR and MEC lines in a rural area near the Vermont border.
27 images 2 videos Marks: AMTK CN NECR RMPX TILX
June 9th, 2009On my way home from reunion I stopped to chase the Batten Kill, which operates exclusively with the venerable RS-3. I asked the crew at Greenwich shops where the train was and was told it was parked at Cambridge, so headed up there to wait for them to come on duty and chased them to Greenwich Junction where I broke off and headed for Whitehall. There I caught CP 253 and continued north. Coming into the Laurentians I saw QGRY rather than CP power at Ste-Therese yard so bailed off the 15 and went for a closer look.
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Cambridge, New YorkCambridge is along the Batten Kill just north of their connection with the Guilford.
23 images 1 videos Marks: BKRR
Hoosick Junction, New YorkHoosick Junction is along the Guilford northeast of Albany. The line connecting to Bennington and the Vermont Rail System there originates here.
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Jackson, New YorkJackson encompasses Shushan and The Plains and is along the Batten Kill railroad between Cambridge and Greenwich Junction (Salem).
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Salem, New YorkSalem is at the northern tip of the Batten Kill railroad and hosts Greenwich Junction.
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Ste-Thérèse, Quebec(map) This was the site of a GM car factory that manufactured the Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird until the end of 2003. It has since been torn down, though there is still a large CP yard there that interchanges between them and the QGRY. It also houses several Montreal transit commuter trains.
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Whitehall, New YorkWhitehall is the junction point of the CLP, a Vermont Rail System railway, and the Delaware and Hundson, now CP, just across the VT/NY border from Rutland.
10 images 1 videos Marks: AEX CP SHPX STLH
June 14th, 2009We landed at Gatwick airport and took the train up to Reading, connected to Maidenhead, and were picked up at Bourne End.
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Gatwick, EnglandGatwick is just to the south of London and is best known for London-Gatwick airport.
24 images 1 videos Marks: FGW SOUK
June 15th, 2009We were invited to stay with a family friend in Wellington, near Taunton, and tour the West Somerset Railway. We boarded the train at Reading station and went across to Newport, Wales, returning via Bristol and heading down to Taunton for the next day's trip. At Newport, we went to a bridge and watched for about 30 minutes. Moments after we left, a train came over with a pair of rare Class 67s! Grumbling at the loss, I was more than a little surprised to have the same train return a few minutes later and take us to Taunton.
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Bristol, EnglandBristol is a major west coast city near the border with Wales.
88 images 1 videos Marks: DRUK EWS FGW ICUK TIPH VTG ZZA
Newport, WalesNewport is the first city over the border from England and is apparently where Class 66s coming from Canada are off-loaded.
50 images 1 videos Marks: ARVA EWS FGW
Reading, England(map) Reading is a major railway junction between Oxford and London.
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Swindon, EnglandSwindon is famous among locals for its fanciful roundabouts -- look at a map of the city to understand quite why -- and is also along the line between Reading and Bristol.
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Taunton, EnglandTaunton is near Bishops Lydeard and the West Somerset Railway.
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June 16th, 2009We spent the day touring the West Somerset Railway, and headed up to Dunster Castle.
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Bishops Lydeard, EnglandBishops Lydeard is the southern base of the West Somerset Railway, which is a major tourist railway operation.
35 images 1 videos Marks: BRUK GBRF WSUK
Crowcombe, EnglandCrowcombe is a community along the West Somerset Railway between Bishops Lydeard and the coast.
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Dunster, EnglandDunster is along the West Somerset Railway near the northern terminus of Minehead.
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Minehead, EnglandMinehead is the northern terminus of the West Somerset Railway.
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Stogumber, EnglandStogumber is along the West Somerset Railway.
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Williton, EnglandWilliton is on the West Somerset Railway.
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June 17th, 2009After a wonderful day and a half in Wellington and on the West Somerset Railway, we headed back to High Wycombe as only a trainspotter could -- via Birmingham and Water Orton station.
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Birmingham, England(map) Birmingham is the site of a large Freightliner intermodal facility south of Derby in central England.
227 images 22 videos Marks: BBA CCUK DRUK EWS FL FLUK GBRF NR
Bristol, EnglandBristol is a major west coast city near the border with Wales.
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Leamington Spa, England(map) Leamington Spa is a small city south of Coventry.
12 images 1 videos Marks: CCUK CHUK
Tiverton Parkway, EnglandTiverton Parkway is a rail station southwest of Taunton.
7 images 1 videos Marks: CCUK
June 19th, 2009We headed from High Wycombe up to Barnetby, a busy freight location every trainspotter we met told us we had to visit.
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Banbury, England(map) Banbury is a few miles north of Oxford.
22 images No videos Marks: CCUK CHUK EWS ICUK
Barnetby, EnglandBarnetby is a very busy freight junction with a less busy passenger station in the middle of it well suited to watching the freight between Doncaster and Grimsby in north-east England.
206 images 12 videos Marks: BSSC DRUK EMUK EWS FL FLHH FTP GBRF NRUK VTG
Birmingham, England(map) Birmingham is the site of a large Freightliner intermodal facility south of Derby in central England.
4 images No videos Marks: FL
Doncaster, EnglandDoncaster is a popular trainspotting location between Manchester and Grimsby.
52 images 3 videos Marks: BRUK CRUK EWS FL FTP GBRF NEUK NO RMSL YEA
June 20th, 2009We travelled from Barnetby across to Darwen, north of Manchester, to meet a friend, and then headed back to Wycombe.
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Bolton, EnglandBolton is a junction northwest of Manchester.
30 images 1 videos Marks: ? FTP NO
Preston, EnglandPreston is north-west of Manchester.
12 images 1 videos Marks: ATWU VT
June 22nd, 2009We went to Oxford for a couple of hours in the afternoon and were graced with the unexpected arrival of the Tornado, Britain's freshly built steam engine.
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Banbury, England(map) Banbury is a few miles north of Oxford.
41 images 2 videos Marks: CHUK DRUK EWS FL FSA FTA ICUK
High Wycombe, EnglandHigh Wycombe is between Banbury and London Marylebone.
16 images No videos Marks: CHUK
Oxford, EnglandOxford is a historic university town between Banbury and Reading.
108 images 2 videos Marks: BRUK CCUK FGW FL
June 23rd, 2009We came home, returning to Gatwick by train.
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Maidenhead, England(map) Maidenhead is the junction of a main line and the Marlow branch.
6 images No videos Marks: FGW
Reading, England(map) Reading is a major railway junction between Oxford and London.
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