‘Don’t vorry they treat engines very well here.’
Class: Statens Järnvägar (SJ) E² formerly E
Wheel Config: 2-8-0 (Originally 0-8-0)
Build Date: 1910
Road #: 1040
Railway: Statens Järnvägar (Swedish State Railway, SJ), ZLSM (Zuid Limburgse Stoomtrein Maatschappij)
Duties: Heavy Passenger, Heavy Freight
Valerie emerged the workshops of Nydgvist & Holm in the swedish town of Trollhättan as an 0-8-0 and the member of the E class and was primarily used for heavy freight trains.
In 1946 she received a major rebuild which included her boiler to be moved further to the front and the addition of a leading wheel which made her run less rough and allowed her to go up to 70 kilometres per hour making her suitable for passenger trains as well.
In 1972 Valerie and all her remaining classmates got put into storage all over sweden as a ‘strategic reserve’ for the cold war. She spent years covered up in plastic tarps until she was bought by the ZLSM in 1998.
She travelled all the way down from Sweden via rail until she finally arrived at the site of the ZLSM workshop in Simpelveld in late 1998.
Valerie got restored to working order and spent her first days on the ZLSM in a light blue livery. She hated it and never really figured out what had gotten into the painters to paint her like this. She regained her nostalgic black and red livery in 2005 and has kept it ever since.
Since 2013 Valerie has been running the ZLSM’s steam trains on her own only receiving help from visitors on the steam days. She slowly but surely feels the wear and tear of being the single steamer in service.
1289 ‘Alva’: Valerie and express engine number 1289 Alva used to run the steam trains together till 2012 when the requirement of a new boiler caused Alva to go out of service. Alva has always been some kind of a mother figure for the E² ever since it arrived in 1998. She showed Valerie the ways around the ZLSM.
1220 ‘Albin’: Alva’s older brother Albin is rather biased on the E² and its past. He still considers them as ordinary goods engines and thinks Valerie would be too rough for the 1st class coaches of the ZLSM. But when double heading along the dutch mainline Valerie showed him what she was capable of.
Köf IIIs ‘Conrad & ‘Spaniol’: The shunter twins Conrad and Spaniol always have a pun ready and usually work together with Valerie when she’s about to get steamed up and returned to the engine shed.
BR 52 532 ‘Eureka’: When Eureka arrived on the ZLSM in december of 2015 Valerie made sure she felt welcome. Shortly after her arrival Valerie couldn’t shake off the feeling that something wasn’t right with Eureka. Unbeknownst to most volunteers Valerie and Eureka have built up a strong relationship that goes a tad further than just good friends.
IFS Nò. 3 ‘Anna’: Anna is rather cheeky towards the bigger engine and still claims that she brought Valerie and Eureka together and won’t let you hear the end of it.
A beautiful rendition drawn of her by
as a comission.