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ABOVE: Eric Steinberg and Wayne Hebert work on New Haven 3025 at the Valley Rail- road yard in Essex, Conn., on May 21.


RIGHT: The short freight train runs along Pratt Cove outside Deep River on the first day of the two-day charter.


A LITTLE BIT of New England histo- ry was more or less recreated on May 21-22, 2012, when the Valley Railroad teamed up with Lerro Productions to present a photo charter in Connecticut. A small branch line freight train ran along the Connecticut River on the first day, with a passenger consist run on the second, all to the delight of about 50 photographers.


The star of the show was Valley Rail- road 2-8-2 No. 3025, lettered for the New Haven. The locomotive was built new in China in 1989 by the Tangshan Locomotive and Rolling Stock Works and was imported for the Knox & Kane Railroad in Pennsylvania. Following a fire that damaged or destroyed much of the K&K’s idled equipment, the Valley bought the locomotive (which escaped the blaze cosmetically scorched but me- chanically sound) at auction in late 2008. Over the next three years the locomotive would lose much of its Chinese look, turned into as near a replica of a New Haven J-1 class 2-8-2 as could be accomplished (see the


40 AUGUST 2012 • RAILFAN.COM


March 2012 issue of RAILFAN & RAIL- ROAD for the complete story by Tom Nanos of the rebuilding).


The Valley runs with its locomotives facing north in regular service, and to take advantage of better sun angles for the photo charter the locomotive was turned to face south (into the sun for most of the day). Unfortunately, the charter ran under cloudy —and often rainy —skies for both days so turning


the engine resulted in no real benefit from a lighting standpoint. However, at many locations the compositions still favored a southbound train, plus the misty wet weather actually enhanced many of the photo opportunities. The wet skies did not result in completely dampening the results of the trip. Compositions in the rain can be tricky. At first glance, all you see around you is a darkened landscape


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