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Eagle Flyer

Eagle Flyer

Connecticut River Eco-Excursion – Your Cabin Fever Reliever!

Thank you for joining us – see you in February, 2018!

The Eagle Flyer is a unique 2-1/2 hour round trip eco-excursion in the Connecticut River Valley. Trees stripped of their foliage afford clear views of the surrounding forest and the Connecticut River; wildlife can be observed from the cozy confines of heated vintage rail cars. Master Wildlife Conservationists from CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will be on board to share their knowledge of the wildlife that calls the Connecticut River Valley home.

The Eagle Flyer is pulled by our vintage diesel engines and departs from Essex Station. The train will make stops at Deep River, Chester, and Hadlyme Station to pick up passengers. First Class seating offers individual leather back chairs and cash/credit card food and beverage service at your seat. Enjoy a sandwich and a warm bowl of soup, all made fresh right here at the railroad. Coach seating offers padded back bench seating and the opportunity to walk to the onboard dining car for food and beverage purchases. Both First Class and Coach cars are heated for winter comfort.



Depart Essex 11:00 am 2:00 pm
Deep River 11:25 am 2:25 pm
Chester 11:30 am 2:30 pm
Hadlyme (no Ferry Service) 11:35 am 2:35 pm
Arrive Goodspeed Yard (Haddam / East Haddam) 12:00 Noon 3:00 pm

Passenger drop-off and then continue northward to HDYL
and return for passenger pick-up and southbound departure.

Depart Goodspeed Yard (Haddam / East Haddam) 12:35 pm 3:35 pm
Hadlyme (no Ferry Service) 12:55 pm 3:55 pm
Chester 1:00 pm 4:00 pm
Deep River 1:05 pm 4:05 pm
Arrive Essex 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Bring your binoculars; eagles, red-tail hawks, heron nests and even a harbor seal have been viewed on this excursion in the past.

First Class Tickets: $40 All Ages / Under Two Free (2017 pricing, 2018 pricing TBD)

Coach Tickets: $25 Adult / $15 Child / Under Two Free (2017 pricing, 2018 pricing TBD)

Returning for 2017…
  • First Class seating aboard two first class cars
  • Dining Car service aboard the Meriden
  • Travel north of Milepost 13; our most northern public excursion ever!
  • Warming Soups (three kinds!), Sandwiches, Snacks and Hot / Cold Beverages available for purchase
  • Beer and Wine in First Class / Dining Car

Marvel at the Frozen Splendor of The Connecticut River Valley . . . aboard the Eagle Flyer!