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Date: 05/23/12 13:47
NH #3025 - Lerro Photo Charter at the Valley
Author: Mgoldman

On Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22nd, Lerro Productions sponsored a
rare, if not the first ever, photo charter at the Valley Railroad in
Essex, CT. Certainly, the first ever featuring newly restored Mikado
#3025 lettered and painstakingly altered to resemble a class J1a to
follow the number sequence of the New Haven's J1 class, which covered
numbers 3000-3024.

The engine, sister to Susquehanna /Bel-Del's #142 was built by Tangshan
Locomotive Works in China in 1989 for the Knox & Kane Railroad. The
engine's original number was 1658, but later it became the 58. Extensive
modifications were made to Americanize and "Hew Haven-ize" the engine
including a new cab with arched windows, and extensive work to rebuild
the slope back tender with it's handle rails into a proper New Haven
look. Not only that, but the engine is fitted with genuine New Haven
headlights, bell, whistle, and marker lights - about all that is left
of the New Haven regarding it's steam fleet.

Anyways - here's one of several photos to come featuring the event.

For the first time in recent history, a weather forecast from 4 days
earlier actually held true. Still, a great time was to be had by the
40 to 50 patrons in attendance and the rain and the conditions made
for some unique opportunities.

Special thanks to the crew and staff at the Valley for making this
possible. A class act all the way around and a pleasure to work with!

/Mitch

PS - The engine was turned at Old Saybrook for this event - lol, we
were looking for light on the nose (and unique photo ops). The engine
was due to be re-wyed Wednesday per the Valley's preference for
operating steam facing North.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/23/12 22:45 by Mgoldman.




Date: 05/23/12 14:22
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

Did someone order a New Haven Mikado from 1916?

It has arrived.

/Mitch




Date: 05/23/12 14:48
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

New Haven #3025 makes a pickup at Essex, circa 2012.

/Mitch




Date: 05/23/12 17:07
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: bigjim4life

As usual, some classic shots! I hope to start on some video tonight...



Date: 05/23/12 17:12
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: RuleG

Your last photo is a classic.



Date: 05/23/12 17:14
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Tominde

WOW for me on #3. That appears to be a great recreation of 1948. Nice work as usual. And of course eagerly awaiting the pan.



Date: 05/23/12 21:31
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

Two more - now that my CF cards have fully dried!

/Mitch






Date: 05/23/12 22:32
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

Walking the dog,
the rain storm, and...
the pan - getting a bit greedy at 1/5th.

/Mitch








Date: 05/23/12 22:32
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: rcall31060

Mitch, why is it that the class lights on this engine look like Pyle Nationals in some photos and something else altogether in other photos? Am I imagining this? Do I need new glasses? Help!

Bob Callahan
Monticello, IN



Date: 05/23/12 23:33
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

Tominde Wrote:
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> And of course eagerly awaiting the pan.

With lots of folks taking the opportunity of a large
open spot across the lake for a pan, I pushed myself
and upped the ante to 1/4 second - here is result:

/Mitch




Date: 05/24/12 05:34
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: m1bprr

As always excellent!
Ed K. cp Laurel Run



Date: 05/24/12 07:13
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

rcall31060 Wrote:
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> Mitch, why is it that the class lights on this
> engine look like Pyle Nationals in some photos and
> something else altogether in other photos? Am I
> imagining this? Do I need new glasses? Help!


You're not going insane - two different sets of class
lights were used on the charter.

The electric class lights used Monday are the
railroad's. Tuesday's engineer, Bruce Edgerton, has
his own oil lights, and uses them whenever he's
running. You can always tell when Bruce is the
engineer.

/Mitch



Date: 05/24/12 09:54
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: rcall31060

Interesting! Thanks for confirming that I've not gone "round the bend", yet!

Bob Callahan
Monticello, IN



Date: 05/24/12 10:32
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: mikel

Great as usual Mitch ! Love the rod/valve gear blur !!

Mike



Date: 05/24/12 12:25
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Keystone1

Mitch...Great work! My favorite is picking up the box car from the siding. Say, how about putting up a bunch of your night work from the trip. Thanks. Keystone1



Date: 05/24/12 14:59
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Western_Star

Nice!



Date: 05/25/12 12:56
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: bxa1

Last image is fantastic



Date: 05/25/12 18:54
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: YG

Super shots again, Mitch!

Steve Mitchell
http://www.yardgoatimages.com



Date: 05/26/12 00:33
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: choochoocharlie

Thanks for all the fantastic NH 3025 shots. Since I grew up back there I have a very sentimental spot for the New Haven Railroad. So it is great to see that the New Haven lives on and is alive and well in steam.

C.C.Chas.



Date: 05/31/12 09:54
Re: NH #3025 - More to come after rain delay...
Author: Mgoldman

Another - Chester, CT

/Mitch




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