|Leroy Roberts Collection|
But we're not the only ones he helps out - he assists in the cataloging of other collections as well. And sometimes, he comes across something he knows I'll be interested in. Case in point: the photo above.
The markings on the front are self-explanatory, although I've never heard PDX-2 referred to as the "Haddam Local." I've always heard of its being "the" Shoreline local ("the" being strange, since there were at least two) or "the New London - Cedar Hill" local. And the back of the photo reads:
"East Haddam local frt New London to East Haddam via Saybrook Eng 363 5/46"I'm not sure whether this train is eastbound or westbound through Waterford, but the notation leads us to believe that it's westbound, leaving New London and heading toward Old Saybrook (and, um, on to East Haddam, apparently). I've covered class K-1d mogul #363 elsewhere and it's clear from the records I have - as well as the photos I've discovered - that this engine was the typical power for this job until dieselization.
What's not typical - and a little surprising to me - is the number of hoppers in this consist. I'm not sure if they're empty or loaded, but either way, I know of no industry on the southern end of the Valley line that would require these cars. While nowadays there's a stone and asphalt plant in Old Saybrook, east of the station, I can find no evidence that it existed anywhere near my era. So the cars are a mystery. . .
If anybody can shed any more light on this photo - eastbound vs. westbound, what the hoppers were for, etc - leave a comment. And thanks again to Bob for providing this intriguing image.