Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex

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Must see · Boat Tour · Scenic Railroad
Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. The Valley Railroad Company has been in existence since 1868, and has operated today’s well-known train and riverboat for over 40 years.

The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat transports people on exciting excursions through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a placed designated as "one of the last great places on earth" by the Nature Conservancy. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester, and the Becky Thatcher riverboat takes visitors past historic landmarks

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat offers various eco-excursions and family themed events throughout the year for train fans of all ages.
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  • Essex offers the best of both worlds a train ride along and boat ride on the Connecticut River. We started with a fun ride on the train with a live narration of the trains history and then we climbed....  more »
  • This was an awesome adventure. 4 miles in total (2 out and 2 back). Great scenery. The people running the tour were fantastic esp during COVID-19. Very clean. You watch as they sanitize the carts...  more »
  • Just rode the steam train, but it was lots of fun. The conductors were nice and the one on our car was great fun. Also heard a lot of local history. The waiting area , where we harbor lunches, was clean and spacious. They had a nice photo gallery and model trains set up that is sure to. Please both young and old. Watching the steam train will make any train enthusiast happy. Just time for all ages.
  • This was a fun ride , the steam train and the riverboat combo was great

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