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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Kicks off its Season with Neighbor Appreciation Weekend

Posted on April 26, 2016

Neighbor Appreciation Weekend includes free Steam Train and Riverboat
rides for residents in six neighboring towns on May 7 and 8, 2016

ESSEX, Conn. (April 19, 2016) – Essex Steam Train & Riverboat welcomes residents from six neighboring towns along the Valley Railroad’s operating line for free steam train and riverboat rides on May 7 and 8, 2016. Neighbors residing in Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, East Haddam or Old Saybrook are eligible for this offer. Regular steam train and riverboat tickets are still available for people who are not local residents on these days.

On May 7 or 8, passengers may elect a 1-hour train ride or two-half hour train and boat rides at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., or a 1-hour train ride at 3:30 p.m. These rides on the steam locomotive and Becky Thatcher riverboat will showcase the blooming flora and fauna along the Connecticut River Valley, close up views of wildlife in the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek, and historic sites such as the East Haddam Swing Bridge, Goodspeed Opera House, and Gillette Castle.

Neighbor Appreciation weekend complimentary rides include Essex’s Saybrook Special, departing Essex Station southbound at 10 a.m. each day. The Saybrook Special is a historic 4-mile stretch of rail that passes through unspoiled forestland, glacial pathways, rocky ridgelines, and alongside “The Preserve”, the largest remaining inland coastal forest between Boston and New York. It is a 50-minute round trip ride, only offered on the first weekend of every month in the season.

Tickets for Neighbor Appreciation Weekend are available for all five departures, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Adult residents must present picture identification at the Essex Station ticket window, found at One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, Conn. 06426. For more information, visit Neighbor Appreciation Day.

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