Another engine has a fire in her belly

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.

I like the valley FB page.

Valley Railroad

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yankspride4 posted:

That's great news! Thanks for sharing. I was up there a few weeks ago. 

Maybe, just maybe 97 will be operational for my North Pole Express trip is December

That’s the plan

KOOLjock1 posted:

Three good engines in steam... a terrific consist of beautifully maintained cars...  AND it’s a for-profit organization!  

Hey Steamtown... what are you missing?

Jon

Well, Steamtown does have #26 running with a couple of restored cars and the Boston and Maine 3713 is being restored there now.  The other passenger cars I saw last week at Steamtown for the longer consist looked to be restored and in better shape than when I was there years ago.

I think Steamtown will be getting one of the Canadian locos back up and running after 3713 is completed as well.

Not sure what your point is here.  It takes money, time and physical resources to restore a steam engine.  Even this one took 8 years to get up and running again.

"Maybe someday, you'll be an Engineer for the Santa Fe!" - in a note to me sent with a P.R. package from the Santa Fe railroad.

KOOLjock1 posted:

Three good engines in steam... a terrific consist of beautifully maintained cars...  AND it’s a for-profit organization!  

Hey Steamtown... what are you missing?

Jon

Steamtown also has to spread their dollars to maintain a much larger facility and railroad collection.  Valley can concentrate its efforts solely on equipment and infrastructure for tourist train operations.

Rusty

Valley has a great volunteer base that gets a lot done.  They are extending the line mile by mile every year.  Almost at mile post 15 with plans to connect with the P&W at the Pratt N Whitney plant and some day run trains all the way to Middletown.  Great operation with several trains running at once every weekend until the season is over.  Then this Christmas season running three steamers at once for the huge crowds that show every year.

prrhorseshoecurve posted:

I have to admit that right from the start rebuilding the ex K&K Chinese steamer to represent a New Haven steam engine was the best thing they ever did. I hope it paid well for the Valley RR!

Do the Chinese locomotives have the engineer and fireman reversed sides like they do in Europe?  If so did they move the controls to the right hand side when they rebuilt her?


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Don't know if this is true but from what I've heard she's not the easiest to fire, she's also a little over sized for what the Valley needs.  Compared to her counterparts engine 97 and 40, she's the highest in cost when it comes to coal use, but again from what I've heard and I don't know if it's true.  She sure is nice and I always try to see her running when I go down for a visit.

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