Birmingham & Southeastern RR 2-8-0 No. 97
Essex, CT, United States
Location: Valley Railroad
Status: Operational
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Posted: May 4, 2020 @ 11:05:39 by
Change status to Operational.
Posted: Oct 29, 2018 @ 12:10:36 by
As of 10-26-2018, 97 is once again operational.
Posted: Dec 18, 2016 @ 09:12:40 by
Status is restoration as it undergoes its 1472 day inspection
Posted: May 16, 2008 @ 03:05:22 by MUSA
This locomotive was featured in the new Indiana Jones Movie & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skulls. #97 is seen in action on May 22.
Posted: Feb 9, 2005 @ 16:02:26 by Brandon Pena
Another one of my Engineer friends drove this fine lady aswell
Posted: Mar 16, 2003 @ 22:03:15 by hpincus

VRR 97 was built in 1923 by Alco-Cooke at Paterson, NJ.  It is a "Cuban sugar" engine, a standard Cooke design built in the dozens, both 2-8-0 and 2-6-0 types, for Cuban sugar plantations.  This loco was built for "stock", but never sold, and upon the closing of the Cooke plant in 1926, it was finally sold to the Birminghan & Southeastern RR (#200) in northern Alabama (shipped 3-5-26).  It was purchased by Stephen D. Bogen in 1963, and moved to the Vermont Railway at Burlington, VT in 1964.  It operated in 1964-65 on the VTR, was renumbered 97 to avoid conflict with VTR diesel #200, and came to Connecticut in 1966.  It operated on trips on the New Haven RR 1966-68, and was moved to the Valley RR at Essex, CT in 1970.  97 went into service on VRR in 1973.  The tender it now uses is a Central Vermont tender, added in 1977.


Builder number 65188.  97 weighs 70.5 tons, 19x26 cyls., 48" drivers, 29,900 lbs. tractive effort, 122,00lbs. weight on drivers, 30.8 sq. ft. grate area (coal burner), 180 psi as built.  97 and 103 worked for 35 years on two northern Alabama shortlines, 90 miles apart, then came together in CT in 1970.

Posted: Dec 14, 2002 @ 12:12:03 by Matt Ferencz
I'm sorry, I made a mistake # 97 was built by ALCO's Cookes works in 1923.
Posted: Dec 11, 2002 @ 14:12:19 by Matt Ferencz
# 97 has a little story behind it's smoke box, I t was builty Alco in 1926 by Books works and it was actually going to be shipped offto cuba and work their but miracuously it was saved from being shipped over to cuba and ended being needed more in the southern U.S.
Posted: Dec 11, 2002 @ 11:12:23 by Matt Ferencz
Engine # 97 is a 2-8-0 consolidation type locomotive that was built in 1926 by the ALCO Brooks works, it is superheated and has a 175 PSI boiler. It to has 48 inch drivers and it burns coal. It first worked on the South Eastern and Birmingham R.R. when it was new and then later on it was bought by the Valley R.R. sometime during the 70's also like # 40.