In October of 1989, we hopped in our new truck camper and spent a weekend down in Connecticut near Old Saybrook. A highlight of the weekend was a visit to the Valley RR in Essex. Although we did not ride the train or steamboat, we enjoyed seeing the railroad equipment on display.
New Haven Alco RS-3 #529
#97, a coal-fired 2-8-0 "Consolidation" built by Alco's Cooke Works in 1923.
New Haven 44-ton #800
#7926 is an ex-US Army GE 80-tonner.
E9A #4096 was displayed in a classic New York Central "lightning stripe" color scheme. Built in 1963 for the Union Pacific, it hauled the last Union Pacific passenger run before AMTRAK. It then went to work for AMTRAK. It hauled the last Auto Train in 1981.
Since our visit, #4096 has been put on display at the Danbury RR Museum.
#103 2-6-2 BLW #58754 1925 ex- Sumter & Choctaw.
A little 0-4-0, history unknown.
A nice line of buggies.
#7145 GE 80-ton #15740 1942 ex-US Army.
#97 2-8-0 Alco #65188 1923 ex-B&SE 200.
Getting #97 ready for her next run.
The Essex station.
#1246 4-6-2 MLW #74906 1946 ex-Steamtown ex-CPR.
orristown & Erie #15