Essex Steam Train & River Boat
Love The Romantic Notion Of Steam Train And River Boat Travel? Look No Further Than Essex
The 1920 steam locomotive pulling out with another engineer in training at the Essex Steam Train (KATHY HANLEY/HC / November 17, 2000)
The best part of steam train travel is the 1920's dining cars: The Meriden (1924), and The Wallingford(1927).
The Meriden was rescued by the Valley Railroad Company from its work train service, and restored as a 54-seat dining car.
The Wallingford was a 36-seat parlor car for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad before it was purchased by the Valley Railroad Company in 1978.
The Becky Thatcher River Boat is a '70 Mississippi-style river boat, has three decks and holds 220 for sightseeing, or 150 for a cocktail reception, or 60 for a sit-down dinner.
Guests of the Becky Thatcher arrive for departure on vintage train coaches pulled by a diesel locomotive.
Finally, make sure to pay a visit during your travels to the Gillette Castle State Park in Hadlyme.
The Gillette Castle is one of Connecticut's most famous destinations; it served as the home of William Gillette, known for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
Connection is available to hikers on the operating days of the Essex Steam Train & River Boat.
Phone: (860) 767-0103
Train & Boat:
-Children(ages 2-11): $13
-Children under 2: FREE
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