For us New Englander's who want to see steam on a regular bases the only place to go is the Valley Railroad in Essex Ct.
As of yesterday after eight years of being cold, engine 97 was fired up for the first time to check for leaks. Once operational hopefully by Dec, the valley will have three operating steam engines. 97 a 2-8-0, 40 a 2-8-2, and 3025 a Chinese engine rebuilt to look like a New Haven mikado.
More info can be had here.