Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park

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Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park

Connecticut

(860) 767-0103

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Overview

Connecticut Valley Railroad covers 300 acres , offers a fun-filled trip of the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat ride operated by the Valley Railroad Company. The journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station. Meander through the countryside aboard vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. At Deep River Landing, you'll be escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼ hour cruise along the Connecticut River-bursting with lush scenery and historic sights, such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House. Upon Becky's return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes you for the return trip back to Essex.

For special occasion, aboard the elegant Essex Clipper Dinner Train. Relax to the rhythm of the rails while 2½-hour scenic journey transports you away from hectic everyday life. A delicious 4-course meal is freshly prepared onboard the Colonial Hearth kitchen car and served in beautifully restored 1920's Pullman cars.

Trackside Caf is also available for a tasty, convenient, and affordable lunch while visiting the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

Map of Connecticut Valley Railroad (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.351287, -72.405298

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Train excursions operated by the Valley Railroad Company. Visitors can choose from a variety of train and combination train and riverboat excursions up the river valley. Special trips including a visit to Gillette Castle State Park and 'Your Hand On The Throttle' are also featured.

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Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat ride is a fun-filled trip for adults and children of all ages!

We have two coal-fired locomotives available to pull the collection of lovingly restored railroad cars. You will be swept away by the hiss of steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clickety-clack of the tracks. From the exciting "All Aboard" to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, you will experience an authentic journey back to the days of steam.

(860) 767-0103

Directions

Driving

Directions From Interstate 91 Take Exit 22S (Route 9 South) Take Route 9 South to Exit 3 (Essex) At the end of the ramp, take a right Valley Railroad is on the left(across from the Sunoco Station) Directions From Interstate 95 North and South Take Exit 69 (Route 9 North) Take Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) At the end of the ramp, take a left Valley Railroad is approximately 1/8 mile on the left (across from the Sunoco Station) Directions From Route 9 South Take Route 9 South to Exit 3 (Essex) At the end of the ramp, take a right Valley Railroad is on the left (across from the Sunoco Station) Directions From Route 9 North Take Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) At the end of the ramp, take a left Valley Railroad is approximately 1/8 mile on the left (across from the Sunoco Station) Directions From Interstate 84 Take I-84 to Exit 27 (I-691) I-691 to Exit 11 (I-91 North) Take I-91 to Exit 22S (Route 9 South) Take Route 9 South to Exit 3 (Essex) At the end of the ramp, take a right Valley Railroad is on the left (across from the Sunoco Station)

Phone Numbers

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(860) 767-0103

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