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2017 Opening Weekend in May – Day Out With Mom, “Saybrook Special” and Cabooses

Posted on April 9, 2017

A special outing for the special women in our lives. Treat Mom to a memorable Steam Train and Riverboat ride – celebrate a picture-perfect day on our vintage rail cars and riverboat. The day is complete with a complimentary potted Marigold plant for Mom to enjoy all summer long! Looking for an elegant dinner option? We have you covered — new for this year, we have added a Dinner Train to the schedule for the Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day weekend with Noontime and 5:00 pm departures. Find out more and purchase tickets.

Since The Valley Railroad Company was chartered in 1969, nearly every piece of preserved railroad equipment in its museum collection, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and work equipment, has arrived at Essex Station from Old Saybrook – – our rail connection to the “outside world.” Now, the historic 4-mile stretch of rail south of Essex Station to Old Saybrook is available for passenger travel aboard the Saybrook Special! Find out more and purchase tickets.

Caboose Weekend – On special weekends, we couple on the Friends of the Valley Railroad’s (FVRR) caboose. Your extra fare for riding in the caboose ($5.00 per person) goes directly towards such FVRR projects as this caboose, steam locomotive #2, and the Mainline North track project. Find out more and purchase tickets.

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