The Friends of the Valley Railroad provide free rides in the Valley Railroad “Hi-Rail” van on select Saturdays in September and October. Parties of up to six persons (ages 4 and up) will enjoy a 3-mile round-trip ride on the Valley Railroad tracks, starting from Haddam Meadows State Park (Rte. 154, Haddam). Rides depart from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with Valley Railroad equipment and operations – a treat for young and old rail fans alike!
Also offering Hi-Rail and Rail Car rides on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 17-18, 2016 as part of the Tobacco Valley Flywheelers Antique Engine & Tractor Show
Directions and information about Haddam Meadow State Park can be found at the Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) website, here.
A PDF document of the Valley Railroad tracks and ongoing work to clear, repair, and maintain the right-of-way, has been developed by the Friends of the Valley Railroad, here.
A Hi-Rail vehicle is a vehicle which can operate both on rail tracks and a conventional road. They are called hi-rail, from highway and rail, or variations such as high-rail, HiRail, Hy-rail, road-rail, etc.
They are often converted road vehicles, keeping their normal wheels with rubber tires, but fitted with additional flanged steel wheels for running on rails. The rail wheels are raised and lowered as needed.