Calendar

Jun
23
Fri
Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

Lunch Excursion – Essex Steam Train & Riverboat @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 23 @ 11:15 am

Enjoy a 3-course lunch aboard restored 1920’s Pullman dining cars as part of a 3.75 hour lunch, train and riverboat sightseeing excursion. Let our attentive staff transport you back to an era when rail travel was king, and eating in the “diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Upon boarding the dining car, you’ll savor a hot lunch that is prepared and cooked on board. Travel aboard the train along the lower Connecticut River Valley while you finish your meal. At Deep River Landing, transfer to the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise on the Connecticut River, bursting with lush scenery and historic sights such as Gillette Castle. Following your cruise, return to Essex Station aboard one of our coach passenger cars.

Itinerary
11:15 am Boarding at Essex Station
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Salad and main entrée served
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Scenic train excursion while finishing meal
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Dessert on train at Deep River Landing
1:10 pm – 2:45 pm Becky Thatcher riverboat excursion
2:45 pm – 3:05 pm Return coach train ride to Essex Station

Entrée Choices: Sliced Roast Beef / Beef Tips & Gravy / Baked Chicken / Chicken Parmesan

All entrées are served with Tossed Mix Greens Salad, Roll and Chef’s Choice Vegetable, Starch, Dessert

Cash Bar for Wine, Beer, Non-alcoholic beverages

Music on the Riverboat @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 23 @ 6:00 pm

Essex Steam Train is taking our Sunset Cruises to a whole new height with Music on the Becky Thatcher! This summer, we’re hosting a concert series on our riverboat for guests to delight in great live music while taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Connecticut River.

June 23rd: Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band   Classic Dixie music

  • Board the train at Essex Station for a 6:15 pm departure
  • 2-hour cruise down the Connecticut River aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat
  • Train brings you back to Essex Station approximately 9:00 pm
  • Food and beverage service are available at the fully stocked bar
    (Due to our liquor permit, no BYOB permitted)
  • Due to the time of day and duration of the cruise, the Sunset Cruise is not recommended for children under 10
  • Tickets are $45, advanced tickets recommended

Each band will perform between the hours of 6:30-8:30PM. Join Essex Steam Train & the crew of the Becky Thatcher every month this summer as we dance the night away in front of a beautiful natural backdrop during our Music on the Becky Thatcher concert series!

Essex Clipper Dinner Train @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 23 @ 7:00 pm

All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Ambiance, impeccable service, and fabulous food-this recipe for a fine dining experience is enhanced during a breathtaking sightseeing journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley-designated one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

Jun
24
Sat
Passengers from the Past – William Gillette @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am

William Gillette, the American actor and playwright famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, is joined by his wife, Helen, during his weekend visit to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Mr. and Mrs. Gillette are best recognized in the Connecticut River Valley for their expansive home in Hadlyme, known as Gillette Castle. As they join passengers aboard the train and riverboat, Helen shares her fabulous style tips and William shows everyone where his castle sits as the Becky Thatcher riverboat passes by his hilltop estate.

Join us at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat as we host living history this summer! The platform at Essex Station will serve as both departure point and historical stage every weekend throughout June, where the country’s most renowned character actors will personify some of history’s most iconic & legendary figures, including the Gillettes, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, & Mark Twain. These special guests will mingle with passengers and family, titillating them with tales from their lives and answering any questions you dare to ask!

Passengers on the 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 2:00pm Steam Train rides will have the opportunity to chat with, and learn from, these historical figures that have been woven into the cloth of Connecticut & American history. Parents and children alike will love being escorted to their train or boat, mingling with living history, and asking questions you’ve always wanted to ask!  Just purchase tickets for any of those three train departures and experience these special guests at no additional charge!

Bump into history at any turn and take learning to a whole new level during our Passengers From the Past Weekends in June!

Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

Essex Clipper Dinner Train @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm

All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Ambiance, impeccable service, and fabulous food-this recipe for a fine dining experience is enhanced during a breathtaking sightseeing journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley-designated one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

Jun
25
Sun
Passengers from the Past – William Gillette @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am

William Gillette, the American actor and playwright famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, is joined by his wife, Helen, during his weekend visit to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Mr. and Mrs. Gillette are best recognized in the Connecticut River Valley for their expansive home in Hadlyme, known as Gillette Castle. As they join passengers aboard the train and riverboat, Helen shares her fabulous style tips and William shows everyone where his castle sits as the Becky Thatcher riverboat passes by his hilltop estate.

Join us at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat as we host living history this summer! The platform at Essex Station will serve as both departure point and historical stage every weekend throughout June, where the country’s most renowned character actors will personify some of history’s most iconic & legendary figures, including the Gillettes, Abraham Lincoln, Babe Ruth, & Mark Twain. These special guests will mingle with passengers and family, titillating them with tales from their lives and answering any questions you dare to ask!

Passengers on the 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 2:00pm Steam Train rides will have the opportunity to chat with, and learn from, these historical figures that have been woven into the cloth of Connecticut & American history. Parents and children alike will love being escorted to their train or boat, mingling with living history, and asking questions you’ve always wanted to ask!  Just purchase tickets for any of those three train departures and experience these special guests at no additional charge!

Bump into history at any turn and take learning to a whole new level during our Passengers From the Past Weekends in June!

Train & Riverboat Excursion @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley – designated “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy.

The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20 mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes pristine meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall, and trestles and bridges over rivers and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Essex Steam Train offers unique access to several coves and preserves, immersing passengers in an on-board eco-excursion. The train travels near the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek – – bountiful, natural habitats for birds. Among those typically spotted are Cormorants, Ducks, Swans, Greenland Geese, Blue Heron, Egrets, and Red-winged Blackbirds. In February and March, the majestic Bald Eagle is the star of the show, when it migrates south to the Connecticut River Valley from Canada and Maine.

At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a 1¼- hour cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky’s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife, and rocky shoreline are all at once, simply breathtaking! Just as impressive are the historic sights including Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Haddam Swing Bridge. Upon Becky’s return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes passengers for the return trip back to Essex Station.

Essex Clipper Dinner Train @ Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm

All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 2½-hour, scenic journey soothes away the stress of everyday life. The rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion.

Ambiance, impeccable service, and fabulous food-this recipe for a fine dining experience is enhanced during a breathtaking sightseeing journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley-designated one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy.