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You know of The Hartford Yard Goats, but what is a yard goat?

A yard goat is another term for switcher which is a small locomotive that stays in the railroad yard and serves to move cars from track to track. These vehicles are often re-purposed “road” engines with too many miles or […]

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The Amazing History of Railroad Watches

~ It became accepted that when the average person asks a railroad man the time, he is assured a correct answer. ~ Railroad Standard Watches (chronometers) are specialized timepieces that once were crucial for safe and correct operation of trains around […]

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Passengers From The Past – Babe Ruth

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat has enjoyed hosting living history with reenactors portraying Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, William and Mrs. Gillette and baseball-legend, Babe Ruth. Next month, visitors can experience the delight of meeting some of these characters every weekend! […]

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Yes, we do that, too!

Planning a family reunion this summer or next? Consider enjoying time with family and friends on our Becky Thatcher riverboat or the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. Breathtaking views from the Becky Thatcher riverboat set the stage for a memorable party, […]

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