railroad trips and museums

The Essex Steam Train

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Views of the Station

Moving the locomotive to the front of the train

The train returns with the engine at the front but running backwards because the line has a siding, which permits the crew to move the train to the front — what had been the rear —on its return trip. But since there is no means of turning the locomotive around, once the train changes ends for the trip to the station, it has to run backwards. This made for a great trip for us, since we were sitting in the last car: on the way out we had a clear view of the track behind; on the way back we had a close-up view of the locomotive. Left: Waiting for the locomotive. Right four: Backing up, backing up at the brakeman's instructions.

Left: All hitched up and ready to go. Middle: No's 40's cylinder and drivers. Right: A view into the beautiful restored cab with its shiny copper and red windows; even the steel looks polished!

Inside the train

Left: Sitting in the last car before the train started to move. Left middle: Our lady conductor punches little Philip's ticket. Right middle: The view through the open rear door. Right: The greenery surrounding the track.

We arrive at Deep River

Left: Looking at the Connecticut River. Left middle: One of the more scenic sections. Right middle: One of the conductors looking out the open door. Right: Your websmaster and photographer on his 68th-birthday ride: Photo by Ruth M. Landow.


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