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Timeless. Beautiful. Captivating. This year, step back in time to historic 1892 Essex Station and embark on an unforgettable 2.5-hour journey into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. A steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches on a narrated round-trip through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester.

It's fun for everyone... with all the bells and whistles. 

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an onboard eco-excursion. Don’t forget your camera. When you arrive at Deep River Landing, your steam train & riverboat excursion continues aboard the multi-deck, Becky Thatcher riverboat for a relaxing 1-1/4-hour cruise along the Connecticut River before returning to Essex Station via steam locomotive.

Essex Station is more than a family railroad attraction with a train-themed gift shop. We’re a destination for your special events, weddings, and other facility rentals with plenty of parking. Need your event catered? We do that, too. Visit our website for details. 

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The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat offer train rides hauled by either steam locomotive 2-8-2 No. 40, which dates from 1920; 2-8-0 No. 97, built in 1926; or the far newer Chinese-built 2-8-2 No. 3025, while the Becky Thatcher , a replica of a three-deck Mississippi-style riverboat, handles the water excursion. A number of seasonal events and excursions take place, including a wildlife-viewing trip in February, as well as sunset cruises on Saturdays and a lunch train. On some weekends, a caboose is available for rides. Fall foliage steam specials now travel 4 miles north beyond the normal route as additional trackage has been returned to service on the railroad.

Trains operate from the historic 1892 Essex depot from May through late October. Special events including Day out with Thomas take place in spring, and both Santa Special (afternoons) and North Pole Express (evenings) holiday-themed trains run in both November and December. Spring and fall are fine times to visit as well, with the leaves either a new green or in brilliant autumn colors.

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Essex is a historic seaport village, with lots of white-clapboard New England charm. The Victorian Goodspeed Opera House in nearby East Haddam presents productions of classic musical comedies.

Worth doing

Nearby Gillette Castle is a whimsical faux-medieval mountaintop estate built for actor and playwright William Gillette, most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Visit it on your own or as a train-ferry-hiking package offered by the railroad.

The diesel-hauled Essex Clipper Dinner Train operates seasonally and offers a four-course dinner on the rails. One of its dining cars is a special treat: the heavyweight Pullman parlor car Wallingford, built in 1927 for the New York, New Haven & Hartford .

Getting there

Essex is located on Route 9 just 3 miles from Interstate 95.

Location: 1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT Phone: 860-767-0103 or 800-377-3987 Website: essexsteamtrain.com E-mail: [email protected]

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Join us for a fun-filled steam train & riverboat adventure along the shores of the Connecticut River

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Friday, september 6.

Travel on a vintage 1920s coach pulled by an authentic steam locomotive through the Connecticut countryside.  Our conductor will explain the history of rail travel and point out local points of interest along the 12-mile, narrated round-trip train ride into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a mill pond with waterfall, trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. While on board our rail excursion, we will be treated to a delicious full lunch .  Then, we’ll board the Becky Thatcher, for a one-hour Riverboat cruise along the majestic Connecticut River . Along the way, we’ll see Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. End the day exploring the quaint seaside village of Essex to shop the boutiques or relax on the waterfront

Departure Times

Dennis - 8:10 AM Barnstable - 8:25 AM Sagamore - 8:45 AM

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Sagamore - 7:15 PM Barnstable - 7:35 PM Dennis - 7:50 PM

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*deluxe motorcoach transportation

*narrated steam train & riverboat rides

*full lunch

*gratuities for lunch, bus driver, tour escort

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Full payment is due 45 days prior to the trip, refundable up to 14 days prior to tour

Cancellation Protection is available for this trip for $7.00 per person

Lunch Menu:

garden salad & roll

Braised Beef

Mushroom Asiago Chicken

Baked Ziti

chef's choice vegetable & starch

chef's choice dessert

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Experience the Charm of Vintage Train Travel

Looking for a unique and thrilling adventure that will bring family and friends together? Look no further than the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat , just a short drive from the Boardman House Inn Bed & Breakfast . This one-of-a-kind attraction offers a two and a half hour steam train and riverboat excursion through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, a location so stunning that the Nature Conservancy has named it one of the “last great places” on earth.

Start your journey at the historic 1892 Essex Station, where vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive await. Essex Steam Train meanders through the countryside while you can enjoy a narrated tour of the area’s history and natural beauty. The train then stops at Deep River Landing, where you will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a one hour cruise down the Connecticut River. Take in the breathtaking scenery and historic landmarks such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House before returning back to Deep River Landing. The Essex Steam Train then welcomes you back on board for the return trip to Essex Station.

For a truly special occasion, book a ride on the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. Relax to the rhythm of the rails and enjoy a freshly prepared four-course meal served in restored 1920s Pullman Cars. This unforgettable experience is available weekends May through October and is perfect for private events. Visit essexsteamtrain.com for schedule and seasonal menu information and call (800) 377-3987 to make reservations.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company. Essex Steam Train has been a historic Connecticut attraction for over 40 years. Other amenities include bus parking, food and beverage services, a gift shop, guided group tours, meeting and event facilities, and special rentals.

Experience the thrill and adventure of steam. Book your trip today and discover the beauty of the Connecticut River Valley.

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Essex Steam Train, Riverboat Ride, & Griswold Inn Lunch (SOLD OUT)

Ride an authentic 1920s steam train locomotive, and then board the classic riverboat paddle-wheeler for a one-hour narrated cruise along the Connecticut River! Everyone dines at the historic and handsome Griswold Inn, included.

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Date : Saturday, August 17, 2024 (Sold Out)

Price : $140pp

Includes : Round trip transportation via ferry & bus, tour guide, lunch & train ride

Note: ALWAYS check ferry times prior to traveling. Schedules are subject to change without notice.

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Phone Number: 631-473-5138

Hours (Mon-Fri): 8:30 AM-4:00PM

Arrive in Port Jefferson at 8:30am. Check in with your guide in the lobby

Depart on Port Jefferson Ferry at 9:00am.

Arrive in Bridgeport at 10:15am and walk to bus located on Bridgeport dock.

Arrive in Essex and eat lunch at the historic Griswold Inn at approximately 11:30am.

Depart at approximately 1:30pm for train ride.

Enjoy train ride, including a 1-hour Riverboat Ride.

Depart Essex at 4:30pm.

ARrive in Bridgeport and depart on the 7:00pm ferry.

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Sautéed Chicken Breast w/ lemon-caper beurre blanc

Baked Cod w / lemon-caper remoulade

Lunch is served w/ House Salad of Gathered Greens & Apple Turnover served with whipped cream.

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Enjoy a ride on a vintage steam locomotive and its railcars. One- and 2.5-hour rides are available May through October, with special holiday excursions. Riverboat rides are also available during the same month, with combination train and boat ride packages. Special events include fall foliage tours, North Pole Express holiday rides, dinner trains, sunset cruises and more. The attraction is open on weekends in the spring and fall, and daily in the summer season.

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3 Reasons Why You Will Love a Ride on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

New England offers some of the most magnificent nature on the East Coast, and you want to make sure you witness most of it during your stay. Figuring out an itinerary can be challenging, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Don’t despair! The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is the perfect solution for you. Board the authentic train and discover beautiful landscapes. Go on a Connecticut River adventure on the riverboat and learn about the rich heritage of the region surrounded by your family and friends! The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is the perfect day trip activity for your vacation at the Stonecroft Country Inn. Don’t wait any longer! Start planning your trip today and live out the New England adventure you’ve always dreamed of.  

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Go on a Historic Adventure on the Essex Steam Train and River Boat

A vintage ride through the deep connecticut forest.

Travel through time and nature with the Essex Steam Train . This spectacular vintage train takes you on a fully narrated, 12-mile round-trip into the stunning Connecticut River Valley and features some breathtaking views. Ride on the original Valley Railroad founded in 1868 and get exclusive access to coves, preserves, and the wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek. Admire diverse wildlife on your journey, such as cormorants birds, ducks, swans, Greenland geese, blue herons, egrets, and more. If you go in February or March, you might even see some bald eagles!

A Cruise Through Time

Change the scenery and board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a relaxing cruise along the Connecticut River! Start your journey at the Deep River Landing and get ready for almost an hour and a half of picturesque deep water landscapes, inlets, marshes and rocky shoreline. Discover historic sites along the way, like the Gillette Castle , Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. The whole expedition is narrated and the team is more than happy to answer every question you have. It’s an ideal way to discover the secrets of beautiful New England.

An Exclusive Dinner Experience

For an extra dose of magic, take your family or significant other on a dinner date aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train ! There’s no better way to end the day than with a ride back to the 1920’s. A gourmet four-course meal is offered to each passenger in the classy atmosphere of an original locomotive Pullman Diner.

This two-hour journey through time will make you feel like the Great Gatsby himself. The phenomenal menu includes chicken a la Francaise, salmon with grilled vegetable ravioli, ribs, and a top selection of some of the best wines. Treat yourself to an unforgettable meal aboard the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat and experience New England like never before!

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Fall Foliage Excursions with Essex Steam Train

View the spectacular New England autumn foliage in style at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat! Offering a multitude of weekday and weekend options to experience this beautiful scenery from the train and the boat, Essex Steam Train has just the ticket for you and your family to see the fleeting vibrant colors of the season.

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Choose from our Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion , a 2.5-hour nature excursion, available on weekends & weekdays, that takes riders through the valley on vintage train coaches. From there they will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for stunning views of the leaves reflecting off the water. Looking for more culture with the beautiful landscape? Opt for our Haddam Special train, a delightful fall foliage excursion that combines a river cruise, sight-seeing, and your choice of culture, shopping, or dining in the towns of Haddam and East Haddam. Or perhaps you’d prefer lunch while you ride on our Essex Clipper Lunch Train every weekend, offering seasonal fare in cozy first class dining cars! If romance is what you’re seeking, purchase tickets for our Friday Night Sunset Swallow Cruise , where you can watch hundreds of thousands of barn and tree swallows flock over the river with a breathtaking autumnal backdrop.

Website:   essexsteamtrain.com/special-events/fall-foliage

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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2 1/2-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester.

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    If you have specific questions regarding Essex Steam Train events, offerings and operations, contact us today! 1 Railroad Ave, Essex, CT 06426. 860-767-0103 or 800-377-3987. [email protected].

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    About the Train. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat's 2 1/2-hour train and riverboat or 1 hour train only journeys begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep ...

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    When you arrive at Deep River Landing, your steam train & riverboat excursion continues aboard the multi-deck, Becky Thatcher riverboat for a relaxing 1-1/4-hour cruise along the Connecticut River before returning to Essex Station via steam locomotive. Essex Station is more than a family railroad attraction with a train-themed gift shop.

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    Specialties: The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a nostalgic and exciting tourist destination operating live steam trains in the Connecticut River Valley since 1971. Our regular operating season is May through October. In addition to our venerable Steam Train & Riverboat excursion, we operate a Dinner Train (weekends), and special events such as Day Out with Thomas, Your Hand on the Throttle ...

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    Board the train at Essex station and ride to Deep River Landing, where the Mississippi-style riverboat Becky Thatcher is waiting to transport you up river and back past such sites as Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House. Back at Deep River, the next train is waiting to return you to Essex.

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    Essex Steam Train & Riverboat adventure is perfect for large groups - a beautiful train ride to the docks of the Becky Thatcher riverboat to a relaxing cruise on the Connecticut River and a return train ride back to Essex Station (2.5 hours total time). 2023 Schedule. May 13 - June 18: Saturday & Sundays AND Monday May 29

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    Friday - Jul 12, 2024. Highlights Departures Pricing. Book Now. Lunch, train and riverboat excursion - all in one day! Enjoy a 3 course lunch & train ride aboard a restored 1920s Pullman Diner Car. Then transfer to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a Connecticut River cruise with views of Gillette Castle & more.

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    860-767-0103. Lunch Excursions Pullman Dining Cars Enjoy a 3-course lunch aboard restored 1920's Pullman dining cars as part of a 3.75-hour lunch, train and riverboat sightseeing excursion. Let our attentive staff transport you back to an era when rail travel was king and eating in the "diner" was a delicious.

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    Essex Rail & Sail . Friday, September 6 . Travel on a vintage 1920s coach pulled by an authentic steam locomotive through the Connecticut countryside. Our conductor will explain the history of rail travel and point out local points of interest along the 12-mile, narrated round-trip train ride into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River ...

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    860-767-0103. The Valley Railroad Company The Valley Railroad Company - operating the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat - has been serving the lower Connecticut River Valley since 1971. Our company's mission is to keep alive the rich mechanical, industrial, and transportation heritage of our state through the continual operation of our ...

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    Choose from our Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion, a 2.5-hour nature excursion, available on weekends & weekdays, that takes riders through the valley on vintage train coaches. From there they will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for stunning views of the leaves reflecting off the water. Looking for more culture with the beautiful landscape?

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    August 1, 2024. Join Essex Steam Train as they host a night of refined pleasures on their Cigar & Whiskey Cruise! On Thursday, August 1, 6:15-9:15 p.m., the Cigar & Whiskey Cruise (21+ only) will take an exclusive group of cigar enthusiasts on the Becky Thatcher riverboat for an evening of spirits, cigars, delicious cuisine, and live music.

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