Side by side at the Deep River Station, the Valley Railroad's 40 and 3025 put on a show worthy of a steam engine reunion gathering on Sunday, Decemebr 22, 2019.
The Valley Railroad's 3025 arrives at the "North Pole" at the Deep River Station on the afternoon of December 22, 2019 as the Santa's team awaits on the platform. The Chinese built 2-8-... (more)
Simmering - The Valley Railroad's three operating steam locomotives simmer near the Essex, Connecticut shops after a full evening of pulling sold-out North Pole Express trains. The three a... (more)
On Sunday, December 22, 2019, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat 40 (Alco, 1920) was hauling the North Pole Express up the Connecticut River in Deep River, CT. This was one of three different steam loc... (more)
This looks like a string of abandoned equipment, but in fact it's the opposite. A year before Connecticut's Valley Railroad began operation on a former New Haven branchline, organizers had gathere... (more)
Valley Railroad 3025 blasts through a canopy of trees on one of her summer excursions.
The 3pm North Pole Express train has departed from Essex Station. This steam locomotive #3025 leading the train is one of the locomotives which were originally imported for some tourist railways f... (more)
Brian in the office. Valley Railroad Engineer Brian Messinger keeps a sharp eye on the track ahead as he takes Valley Railroad Mikado #40 and Santa Special #4 north through the Deep River s... (more)
On a bitter cold afternoon, crew is tending to Vale #97 before the next Holiday train ride.
The Old Soldier. Valley Railroad Consolidation #97 emerges from the Essex Locomotive Servicing Facility on a late fall afternoon in 2018, as her crew prepares her to make 3 North Pole Expre... (more)
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)
North to Chester. Valley Railroad Mikado #40 takes the second, sold-out, Santa Special of the day north across Chester Creek, heading for North Chester, just about a mile and a half further... (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)
Run Number 6....and it's only 1PM. Engineer Brian Messinger holds the final note of his crossing whistle until his locomotive's drivers are squarely in the crossing at Old Deep River Road, ... (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)