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Electric Boat | by Colin Dell
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Electric Boat

Twice a year, General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, CT completes a submarine build for the US DOD. For each sub, the P&W is tasked with delivering a necessary component of some type to the facility, leading to some unique photo opportunities on the line from Plainfield to Groton. For several years the stretch has seen mostly night traffic as the Amtrak schedule will generally not permit daylight moves, so these moves are a nice exception. With knowledge of the cars being in Plainfield and a generally reliable OD time of 0700 for NR-4, I made the drive and was lucky to run into a homeowner who allowed me to traverse his property to reach this photo location at Clayville Pond, where I set up shortly before the train departed Plainville. With clouds rolling in to the south, I had already mentally prepared myself for a grey weather chase, but somehow the sun powered through enough just as the orange B40 appeared in the distance. Moving a little more expeditiously than I had expected, the train left me little time to compose the completely unobstructed view I'd scoped out earlier, and my settings were unprepared for the quick change of lighting. With stick season in full effect, the branches don't seem to take away from the scene however and thanks to the folks over at Adobe, the mis-exposure was correctible.

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Taken on December 7, 2020