Essex Steam Train
Visitors are welcomed by an inactive steam train. (JIM WELCH)
Hear the click-clack of the steam train and churn of the river boat in Essex. The Essex Steam Train is a coal-fired locomotive. It pulls restored railroad cars through the woods of the Connecticut River
Valley as it chugs past the river. Visitors can then take a riverboat tour back up the Connecticut River past the Goodspeed Opera House
and Gillette Castle.
From the time the train conductor yells "all aboard" in Essex
, rail travelers will be carried through Deep River
and Chester, past farmland, creeks and meadows and into Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat. The 12-mile round trip takes about an hour, with the train reaching a top speed of 20 mph.
Those taking the riverboat disembark in Deep River to board the Becky Thatcher. The Becky Thatcher is a 1870' Mississippi
-style riverboat built in 1961 featuring three decks. The ride from Deep River to East Haddam
, and back, takes about three hours. Then it's back on the steam train for a trip back to Essex station.
Train and boat: Adults $24, Children 3-11 $12
Train only: Adults $16, Children 3-11 $8
Exit 3 off Rt. 9
is on the left across from Sunoco
The Valley Railroad Company
One Railroad Avenue,
P.O. Box 452
Essex, CT 06426
- JIM WELCH