Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Got a train fan in the family? With two coal-fired locomotives and a collection of lovingly restored railroad cars, Essex Steam Train’s meandering journey through the scenic towns of Deep River and Chester is truly magical. From the exciting "All Aboard" to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, you’ll experience an authentic journey back to the days of steam.
But, trains are just part of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s appeal. Passengers who purchase tickets for the connecting riverboat enjoy a relaxing and informative sightseeing excursion immersed in the natural beauty of Connecticut River. Sit back, breathe in the fresh air, and learn about the history and natural wonder of the Connecticut River Valley – designated one of “the last great places on earth” by The Nature Conservancy.
Gillette Castle Hiking Connection
For a different twist on our nature excursion, try the Gillette Castle Hiking Connection. Travel by train to the Ferry Road flagstop, where you’ll disembark and ride the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry across the Connecticut River. Explore nature up close on a 3/8-mile hike to Gillette Castle. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch!
River Valley Junction
Back at Essex Station, don’t forget to stop by our interactive museum in River Valley Junction. Go sightdoing through the Connecticut River Valley via hands-on exhibits presented by local museums and attractions. Ring the bell, toot the horn and make the engine roar in a Diesel Locomotive Replica and have fun pushing all the buttons to operate a large-scale Model Train Layout.
Essex Clipper Dinner Train
Come aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, serving up delicious four-course meals Friday through Sunday in authentic 1920s Pullman luxury diners. Relax and reconnect while enjoying impeccable service and the sights of the lush Connecticut River Valley. On Fridays in July and August, a hilarious Murder Mystery Tour is the perfect option for entertainment with “lite” dinner at a “lite” price.
Two weekends each May, pick a day to spend with everybody’s favorite engine…Thomas the Tank EngineTM! In October, get creeped out aboard the Fright Train, a scary and entertaining journey into the deep, dark night. During the holiday months, the North Pole Express gives kids an unforgettable Christmas adventure aboard a locomotive powered sleigh.
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“Aerial Photo of Essex Steam Train Crossing Bridge,” by Jody Dole.