On October 23, 2016 Mark Spremulli worked with Dave Lewalski to organize the meet-up for the Photographic Society of Rhode Island at the Essex Train Station. Mark is a train enthusiast and knew this was a good day to get some images of the steam train that is only run a few times a year. We were able to spend plenty of time taking images at the station as workers readied the train for the trip. We could get images up close and personal and be awed by its size.
Then Mark told us it was time to move to the next location where we could get images of a run-by. The location gave us a couple of vantage points that gave us a selection of views, and we had time to scout the different places. This was a popular meet-up and there was about twenty of us, but there was plenty of room for each of us to set up. There was a more distant viewt that included the pond in the foreground or a closer view that was just the train and the fall foliage in the background. You had to pick your spot for today and decide to get a different view next year.
Then we moved on to the Deep River Steam Train and Riverboat station to shoot more images of this train and a second train that was also unloading at the station. It was a good opportunity to get two trains in the same image, but you had to work fast they didn’t stay next to each other for long.
At Christmas time Essex does the Polar Express, another chance to take images of the train with Christmas lights.