40 years ago…


The date is Sunday, August 1, 1971, the location is Deep River, Connecticut.  Amtrak is 4 months old today.  It is the Valley Railroad‘s second day of public operation, and engine 103 is having a little indigestion this morning.  Raising steam to get out of Essex was a bit of trouble, so 44-tonner #400 pushed on the other end of the train all the way from Essex to Deep River.  Engineer R. B. Jones was really not too happy with his fireman this day. This historic locomotive is part of the collection at the Railroad Museum of New England, moved by truck to our site in 2009. —Photo by Howard Pincus

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