Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

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Take the family on a two and a half hour narrated journey through the scenic Connecticut River Valley—named one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy—aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S.! 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. Relish the golden hours of sunset on the river on a Friday night Sunset Cruise aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat, June through October. Relax and enjoy a four-course meal in the 1920s splendor of restored Pullman dining cars aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train, May through October. Our season begins with everyone’s favorite tank engine at A Day Out with Thomas™ in late April and early May, and wraps up with the popular North Pole Express trains in November and December. For more information on these and other offerings, visit or call 800-377-3987.

1 Railroad Avenue,Essex,06426

(800) 377-3987

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Contact Us

    Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
    Essex, CT 06426 or email