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)
Number 40 backs through the rock cut in Deep River a.k.a. the North Pole.
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.
Steaming through Hadlyme as the Santa Express just after a 4" snowstorm rolled through.
Silent Night - Valley Railroad Mikado No. 40 shoves south, away from the camera, on a dark and cold November night in Chester, Connecticut as part of her plume reflects some of the surrounding mar... (more)
Valley Railroad ALCo 2-8-2 is pulling forward to dump ash and the fireboy is going for the next switch. While this work was common years ago, it has vanished for the most part throughout the world... (more)
Valley Railroad fireman Bill launches a shovefull of coal into Mikado No. 40s firebox as the train pulls an excursion northbound through Chester, Connecticut
On her last run of the day, Valley Railroad Mikado number 40 makes her classic appearance pulling away from the time-honored depot at Essex, beginning to make the twelve-mile trek up the Connectic... (more)
The final Valley Railroad North Pole Express train of the 2015 operating season thunders north through Chester, Connecticut on the evening of December 29, 2015
Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No. 40 leads a North Pole Express train through Chester, Connecticut - as seen from the interior of the Chester Station.
Valley Railroad 40, fresh from its 1472-day inspection, rolls through Centerbrook on a beautiful fall afternoon.
Anticipation - Valley Railroad Mikado No. 40 crosses over the Railroad Avenue crossing, her headlight illuminating about a half mile of track between that crossing and Dock Road, visible in the fo... (more)
Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No. 40 hauls a sold-out North Pole Express train through Centerbrook, Connecticut on a cold December evening.