Here we go folks – starting to clear out the backlog of posts! For this first post in quite a while, we’ll go back to the beginning of May 2012 where the Providence & Worcester Railroad took Valley Railroad Mikado No 3025 for a spin around Amtrak’s Old Saybrook wye – which also brought it under the wires of Amtrak’s electrified Shore Line.
Lerro Productions had one of their well-known photo charters scheduled on the Valley Railroad May 21 and 22, 2012. During that 48 hour period, a number of photographers from around the world converged on Essex to shoot photos and movies up and down the Connecticut River valley, with 3025 as the star of the show. Yes, I attended the charter, but that’s not what this post is about – that coverage will come in a future post, which will be a longer one (I shot a ton of photos).
One of the requirements of the charter was to have the Valley Railroad’s newest Mikado – No 3025 – face south instead of the Valley’s norm of north-facing power. To do that, the railroad would have to transport 3025 down to Old Saybrook and have the Providence & Worcester Railroad pull it around Amtrak’s wye, reorienting it north. The day slated for that to happen was May 10th – over a week before the charter was to happen. Luckily I had a hole in my schedule while it was happening, so I headed down to Old Saybrook and photographed the move. By the time I got there, NR-2 was about ready to tie onto the locomotive and pull it down the west leg, across track 3, then back up the east leg.
Nothing earth-shattering here, but still an interesting move. It’s not all that often you see steam under the wires of the Northeast Corridor.
Thanks for looking!
- P&W Conductor Bob gets on the Valley Railroad's No 3025 preparing to turn the locomotive on the wye in Old SaybrookValley Railroad No 3025 heads down the west leg of the Old Saybrook wyeP&W NR-2 pulls Valley Railroad 3025 down Track 3 in Old SaybrookP&W NR-2 pulls Valley Railroad 3025 down Track 3 in Old SaybrookBob on the Shove Providence & Worcester conductor Bob watches the shove of Valley Railroad Mikado No 3025 down track 3 in Old Saybrook, CT from the engineer's seat.NR-2 shoves 3025 back down track 3 towards the Amtrak StationNR-2 shoves 3025 past the Amtrak Station in Old Saybrook, CT while turning the locomotive on the wyeNow Arriving Track 3... Providence & Worcester train NR-2 turns Valley Railroad Mikado "New Haven" No. 3025 in Old Saybrook, CT. Here they are shoving east on track 3 past the station. From there, they will shove the locomotive up the east leg of the wye so she'll be facing south.NR-2 shoving 3025 past the switch for the east leg of the Old Saybrook wyeThe Valley's centercab waiting to pull 3025 back to Essex once its been turnedNR-2 drops 3025 at the switch for the east leg of the Old Saybrook wyeNR-2s east power shoves 3025 up the East Leg of the Old Saybrook wyeNow facing south, 3025 waits to be pulled back to EssexReady to head back to EssexHeading back to Essex with newly turned 3025South facing Valley Railroad No 3025 passes by milepost 0 on the Valley Railroad, entering VALE property