The Essex Yard Shuffle. Valley Railroad Mikado #3025 hauls an 8-car train of heavyweights out of the Essex Yard in the late afternoon sun in what looks like the first North Pole Express of ... (more)
NPE-1, the first of 9 trips. It's just past 3PM and the first of 9 North Pole Express Trips out of Essex is heading north to North Chester behind Valley Railroad Mikado #3025, seen here pas... (more)
North Pole Express: Making a Living with Steam. The Valley Railroad's New Haven Mikado #3025 glows just a bit in the waning sunlight, as she takes the first of the evening's sold-out, North... (more)
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)
Stopping at the Switch - Valley Railroad Mikado No. 3025 pauses in Deep River, Conn. at the switch preparing to run around its train. Once on the south end of the train, they will be hauling the ... (more)
Valley Railroad fireman Mike Ozaruk shovels coal into No. 3025's firebox as the locomotive pulls a sold out North Pole Express north through Chester, Connecticut. Taken with an infrared modified C... (more)
At North Pole Station. Engineer Ken Blandina gets the lantern signal from his Conductor that his locomotive has been decoupled from the passenger consist, and he may now pull forward to beg... (more)
Valley Railroad fireman Mike Ozaruk shovels coal into No. 3025's firebox as the locomotive pulls a sold out North Pole Express north through Deep River, Connecticut. Taken with an infrared modifi... (more)
Valley Railroad Mikado No. 3025 leads a North Pole Express out of the shadows nearing the Dock Road crossing in Chester, Connecticut
Now Arriving at the North Pole - Valley Railroad Mikado No. 3025 pulls a sold-out trainload of families into the North Pole Station as Santa Claus waves to them from his perch among the buildings,... (more)
Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No. 40 hauls a sold-out North Pole Express train past the small station at Chester, Connecticut.
Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No. 40 hauls a sold-out North Pole Express train past a decorated former CV hopper at Chester, Connecticut.