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)
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)
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)
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)
The day after Christmas doesn't mean the end of North Pole Express trains at the Valley Railroad in Essex, Connecticut. Trains continue typically until the 28th of the month, running four trains ... (more)
The Connecticut Valley Railroad, also known as the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat runs a number of Christmas trains each season. On weekends during the season, the railroad is running trains for mo... (more)
On the day after Christmas, 2017, a Valley Railroad North Pole Express heads northbound past a frozen Pratt Cove in Deep River, CT with a sold-out trainload of families on their way to the North P... (more)
As the first snowfall seen in the winter of 2017/18 lays a blanket on southern Connecticut, Valley Railroad Mikado No. 40 hauls a sold-out North Pole Express towards Santa's Village in Deep River,... (more)
#40 chugs through the first snow of this winter with a train full of families going to see the Big guy at the North Pole.
The 1:00pm Santa Special passes Hadlyme during the first snowfall of the season.
The 1:00pm Santa Special passes Railroad Ave. in Chester during the first snowfall of the season.
The 11:30 Santa Special approaches Dock Rd. in Chester during the first snowfall of the season.
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)