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KEVIN MADORE New Haven Steam -- Back From the Dead!


THE VALLEY RAILROAD has put its newest steam locomotive, “New Haven J-1a” No. 3025, into service. The 2-8-2 was rebuilt from the burned out hulk of Knox & Kane No. 58, an SY Mikado built in 1989 by China’s Tangshan Works to American specifications for export. After the disas- trous enginehouse fire, which was K&K’s death knell in 2008, the Valley bought the locomotive at auction and trucked it in pieces to its shop in Essex, Conn., where Master Mechanic J. David Conrad and his crew began its transformation. Despite the fact that several of New Haven’s 25 light Mikes (Nos. 3000-3024) survived into the 1950s, including No. 3016,


nally Central of Georgia) trackage between the two southwest Georgia towns. The route is ex- pected to handle 12,000 cars a year (about 50 cars a day) and will function mainly as a con- nection for overhead traffic between the Nor- folk Southern system at Albany and several


which was featured in the 1959 feature film It Happened to Jane starring Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, and Ernie Kovacs, no New Haven steam power escaped the scrapper. The Valley Railroad shop crew started by modifying the Chinese slope-back tender to resemble the rectangular clear-vision tanks used on several New Haven 2-8-2s. Along with the tender, the con- struction of a proper, arch-windowed New Haven cab and the application of a Golden Glow headlight, among other cosmetic touches, created the only member of New Haven Class J-1a, No. 3025. Next month, Tom Nanos will relate the complete story of the Mikado’s metamorphosis.


GWI short lines in the region. HAL will also work to develop the local traffic base, which currently consists of several agricultural and aggregate customers. The Hilton & Albany will connect with the Georgia Southwestern at Arlington and with the Chattahoochee Indus-


trial Railroad and the Chattahoochee Bay Railroad at Hilton. In turn, the Chattahoochee Bay connects with GWI’s Bay Line Railroad (the former Atlanta & St. Andrews Bay) at Dothan, Ala. Operations are expected to begin on January 1, 2012.


TOM BOYLAN New Slug Sets Built for CSX Baltimore Coal Terminal


BOUND FOR SERVICE AT THE CURTIS BAY COAL DUMPER in Baltimore, Md., on November 18, 2011, was this CSX slug set built by Johnson Rail Service in Pickens, S.C. The power unit was rebuilt from CSX GP39 No. 4295 (ex-Chesapeake & Ohio 3915), while slugs 1040 and


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1050 were C&O GP9s 6211 and 6168. The units are operated by an em- ployee riding in small booths built into the former stepwells at the right front and right rear of the set. A second set, numbered 4283-1043-1044, is to follow. The 4295 set arrived in Baltimore on November 23.


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