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Foliage Train & Boat

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2 1/2-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. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester.


Haddam Swing Bridge Fall Special

All aboard the Haddam Swing Bridge Fall Special for a delightful all day fall foliage excursion, combining sightseeing, shopping, dining and culture in the towns of Haddam and East Haddam.

Board the historic Essex Steam Train for a late morning departure from Essex Station.  At Goodspeed Station, deboard the train for a 3+ hour visit to this historic river community composed of two towns – Haddam and East Haddam – joined together by the iconic 1913 East Haddam Swing Bridge. Shuttle buses (included) whisk you to your choice of quintessential shoreline stops that include dining, shopping, sightseeing, an eco-riverboat cruise, Eagle Landing State Park – a taste of everything that Haddam and East Haddam have to offer!

Pumpkin Patch

Hop on board our historic steam train at Essex Station for a scenic ride to Deep River where the festivities begin! The pumpkin patch will be filled to the brim with fall atmosphere that you and your little ones will enjoy. At the patch, each child gets to select a pumpkin of their choosing and have their face painted with a fun fall design.


Foliage Dinner Train

All aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a 4-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920’s Pullman diners pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Relax and reconnect while our 21/2-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 and the diner” was a delicious special occasion.