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Pratt Cove Reflection
A Valley Railroad North Pole Express passes by a very calm Pratt Cove in Deep River, CT
Over the Crossing
Valley Railroad Mikado No. 3025 leads a North Pole Express train over the Old Deep River Road crossing in Centerbrook, Connecticut.
This photo was inspired by two photos - done 30 and 60 years prior. The latter being the Pincus/Hart Jr. work "Night Ride 1985" taken at the same crossing, and Link's "Luray Crossing, Virginia 1955"
Lighting was three Alien Bee B800s and a Lumedyne 200 w/s
Steam under the Stars
A two frame composite photo of Valley Railroad No 40 leading a North Pole Express through the Centerbrook section of Essex, Connecticut.
Meet at the North Pole
Two Valley Railroad North Pole Express trains meet at the North Pole, otherwise known as Deep River Landing.
Northbound past the Hopper
Valley Railroad Mikado No 40 heads north through Chester, Connecticut past a decorated ex-CV hopper.
Heading to the North Pole
A Valley Railroad North Pole Express heads through Deep River, CT on their way to the "North Pole" to pick up Santa and his elves, so they can visit with the families on board.
North Pole Express #2
The Valley Railroad's North Pole Express runs in two sections each night. Here train #2, with Valley veteran No 40 in charge, arrives in Deep River to pick up Santa and his elves for the train ride. Three flashes light up the scene.
Ready for Bed
The Valley Railroad's two Mikados - Nos 40 and 3025 - are tied down in the railroad's new enclosed engine servicing facility after the second night of North Pole Express trains.
Now arriving at Santa's Vilage
The Valley Railroad's highly popular North Pole Express trains have begun. Here's one on 11/30/2012 pulling into Deep River, CT - otherwise known as the North Pole - to pick up Santa and his elves for the trip. Three flashes iluminate the scene.
Behind the Lines - A completely backlit Valley Railroad North Pole Express in Chester, CT
Behind the Lines
The last regular run over the creek. The final regular season Valley Railroad train rolls over Deep River Creek on the Deep River/Chester, CT town line the afternoon of 10/22/2012
Pratt Cove Reflection
Valley Railroad Mikado No 3025 leads a photo freight past Pratt Cove in Deep River, Connecticut during the first day of the Lerro Productions two-day photo charter.
Crossing Waterhouse Brook
Valley Railroad Mikado No 40 backs a sold-out North Pole Express over Waterhouse Brook in Chester, Connecticut on a cold and rainy December evening.
NOTE: This location is ENTIRELY on private property. I had permission from the owner to set up on his property for the shots.
Lerro Productions Valley RR Charter May 2012
A closeup look at the nose of a Ford, and the nose of a Mikado. Take in Chester, CT on the Lerro Productions 2012 Valley Railroad photo charter.
Over Chester Creek
The second to last Valley Railroad North Pole Express of the 2014 season, led by Mikado No. 3025, crosses over Chester Creek in Chester, Connecticut on the evening of December 28, 2014.
Fresh from the Shops
Valley Railroad Mikado No 40 moves north through Essex Yard soon after her rebuild project was completed in 2007.
Approaching the Crossing
Valley Railroad veteran Mikado No. 40 approaches the Dock Road crossing in Chester, Connecticut hauling a sold-out North Pole Express.
Approaching the crossing
Valley Railroad No 3025 pulls their train towards the Old Deep River Road crossing in the Centerbrook section of Essex, CT
Valley Railroad No 3025 reverses to tie onto their train at Deep River Landing, preparing for the trip back south to Essex
Valley Railroad Mikado No 40's steam whistle in action.
Back on the Main
No 3025 heads back down the main to run around their train, preparing for their southbound run back to Essex
Over the Creek II
The Lerro Productions Valley Railroad photo charter crossing over Deep River Creek on the Chester/Deep River town line. I think the hike in the creek mud was worth it...
Simmering Steam Kettle
Valley Railroad No 97 rests after a long day of pulling passengers along the Connecticut River Valley
3025 backs away from the top of the Saybrook wye, giving Providence & Worcester train NH-1 room to turn their train. Another job, NR-2,will handle the actual turning of the 3025.
Valley Railroad Mikado No 3025 as viewed through the headlight of Valley Railroad locomotive 0900
Freight and Flowers
Valley Railroad No 3025 preapres for another runby during the Lerro Productions photo shoot in May 2012. Taken at the location known as "Midway" in Haddam, CT
Centerbrook in the 50's?
Part of the Lerro Productions photo charter on the Valley Railroad included a shot at Old Deep River Road in the Centerbrook section of Essex, CT. The shot also included a vintage Ford Edsel as the rain continued to fall.