The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is part of the Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park, and glad to welcome guests! Guests to the Valley Railroad State Park are more than welcome to visit the property and park free of charge. Buildings are open during the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s operating hours, as posted on our website. Professional photographers, railroad enthusiasts and guests are welcome to take pictures anytime; however, please do so in a manner that will not delay train boarding and departure, or inconvenience other guests. And please tag us when you share your photos on social media #essexsteamtrain
Special photography requests, such as professional portraits inside of our authentic coaches, must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance so that an appropriate time can be scheduled, and a safety escort will be available to assist you with unlocking coaches, opening windows, and securing doors and traps. There is a non-refundable, minimum charge of $100 per hour, payable in advance, required for such access; each additional quarter hour is $25.
The Essex Station / Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park properties are a delightful venue for photography and memorable photos; however, it is important that our guests realize this is an active railroad and follow certain basic rules:
- Pictures on or between the rails are dangerous and are not allowed anywhere on the property.
- Guests may not climb on or about the cars, including opening gates and traps, without a railroad employee escorting them.
- Essex Station and the Valley Railroad Company right-of-way are a Connecticut State Park; subject to the following DEEP regulation:
“The use of remote controlled model aircraft or drones is prohibited at Connecticut State Parks, State Forests or other lands under the control of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, unless specifically authorized by the Commissioner in a Special Use License.”
We hope that everyone understands our policies. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of railroad photography related fatalities nationally where users were posing for pictures on railroad tracks. While never having experienced such a tragedy here, we feel it is our obligation to discourage this dangerous behavior.
For more information, please contact our office at 860-767-0103.