Connecticut's Valley Railroad, now running its 46th year of steam excursions, began operation in July 1971 with former Sumpter & Choctaw 2-6-2 103. This sharp little Prairie type was the VRR's reg... (more)
Recreating a rural branchline switching scene from the 1920s, Valley Railroad 2-6-2 103 runs around its train at Deep River, CT, during the excursion line's first month of operation in 1971. Engin... (more)
After a hard day's work, Valley Railroad's 2-8-2 'Mikado" #40 is guided into the Engine House by the fireman, where the locomotive will rest and the fire banked in preparation for another day... (more)
0902 shows off its week old coat of paint as she departs with the dinner train.
One very popular excursion. Just 4 minutes after departure from Essex Depot, the Valley Railroad's 2:30 PM Santa Special has cleared the yard limit and begins to accelerate to track speed o... (more)
Sunset North Pole Express. Just a few minutes from official sunset, the first of the Valley Railroad's 5 North Pole Express Trains rumbles north across the Deep River Creek Bridge on its wa... (more)
The 3025 makes black smoke as she gets a photo run by up to speed.
A Pause in the Action - Valley Railroad trainman Sam placed his lantern on the ground while waiting for passengers to leave the final North Pole Express train of the evening. Once the passengers ... (more)
Number 40 backs through the rock cut in Deep River a.k.a. the North Pole.
3025 has just shoved into Deep River as 40 sits in the siding, and Mr. C himself has just boarded.
40 is seen simmering away just before its 5:30 departure
All ahead...slow! The sold-out 1:30 Santa Special steams up and is about to get underway Northbound with a fresh 4" coat of snow just deposited - Christmas at its best.
Santa is coming...Merry Christmas!
Steaming through Hadlyme as the Santa Express just after a 4" snowstorm rolled through.
One of the Valley Railroads Polar Express Train pulls into the "North Pole"