Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

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Re: Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

Post by John Smythe » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:40 am

What type of coal does the Valley steam locomotives use? Thanks.
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Re: Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

Post by ebtmikado » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:53 am

SPRINGTIME UPDATE

it's been a busy winter and spring on the railroad, getting ready for a busy 2019 season.

Ties and other trackwork are being done between Essex and Deep River, as part of the annual upkeep.
Tie replacement is also occurring north of Goodspeed station in Haddam, and through Haddam Meadow State Park.

Equipment is being cycled through the shop for annual maintenance and overhaul.

Thomas the Tank Engine is here on weekends through May 5.

The regular Steam Train & Riverboat, and Essex Clipper Dinner Train season begins on May 11.

Look for three steam engines operating most evenings during the 2019 North Pole Express season.

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Re: Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

Post by 0475Joe » Thu May 30, 2019 4:48 pm

Just came across this link and thought this group would find it interesting. It's a detailed history of our Pullman Dining Car "Wallingford", starting with its days on the New Haven, all the way to present operations. Images and blueprints are included!

http://www.arkansasrailroadhistory.com/ ... index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

Post by shadyjay » Thu May 30, 2019 4:57 pm

Interesting history there... good find! The Wally has always been one of my two favorite cars on the railroad (the other, being 1001).

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Re: Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

Post by ebtmikado » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:58 pm

FASCINATING!
Nice find.

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Re: Official Valley Railroad Thread (VALE)

Post by shadyjay » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:42 pm

From the "you learn something new every day" files...

We have been working on Coach 1002, which is receiving a new paint job. As I was needle scaling off the existing paint this spring, I noticed yellow/orange paint. Upon asking a fellow employee, he informed me that the car was used on the Chessie Steam Specials back in the 1970s. I just popped on that site and found that not just the 1002, but also 1000 were used on that train.

https://www.themetrains.com/chessie-ste ... roster.htm

And a shot of what may be today's coach 1000 in those colors:
https://www.themetrains.com/chessie-ste ... ch-car.htm

I'm not sure if the 1000 and 1002 pictures/reference/orig #s are correct, however. Back in 1990, what is now Coach 1002 was Coach 1000 and what is now Coach 1000 was Coach 155, having been acquired by the Cape Cod & Hyannis. So at one point there may be a confusion between which Coach 1000 is which. Also back in the early 90s, Coach 1001 was numbered 1101 (there was also a 1102 but that was gone by the time of the renumbering). If one looked close at the exterior numbers on #1002, you could see a "2" covering over a zero. The number #155 on today's #1000 wouldn't have been visible, since it was repainted over.

It is possible that the reason for the renumbering was that it was determined that the #155 was the actual original car #1000 and that's why #1002 got that number.

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