East Haddam Concert Express

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Take advantage of this unique opportunity to travel the Lower Connecticut River Valley aboard vintage coach train cars on your way to enjoy the Music on the River series concerts on the South Lawn at Goodspeed Opera House.


Highlights from the August, 2016 season

Heartbeat Dixieland Jazz Band
Heartbeat has been dubbed, “New England’s Most Lovable Jazz Band,” and specializes in Dixieland Jazz music.

Viva Quetzal
Viva Quezal is a high-energy, multi-cultural musical group made up of members from North and South America that performs music of the Americas as it truly is today:  an eclectic mixture of traditional, folkloric and pop themes performed on a fascinating array of ancient and modern instruments.

James Montgomery Blues
When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

The Concert Express originates at Essex Station and will make local stops along the train line at Deep River Station, Chester Station and Hadlyme Station to pick up passengers en-route to Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam, CT.

Complimentary shuttle bus service will transport you from Eagle Landing Station Park across the Haddam Swing Bridge to the outside concert site. At the concert’s conclusion, the shuttle bus will return you to Eagle Landing State Park to re-board the train for your return trip to your departure point.

Tickets: $15 round-trip (depart Essex Station) / $10 (depart all other locations)



 Boarding Essex Station 4:45 pm  Shuttle Bus Service 8:30 – 9:00 pm
 Depart Essex Station 5:00 pm  Depart Eagle Landing State Park 9:00 pm
Deep River Station  5:15 pm  Hadlyme Station 9:17 pm
Chester Station 5:20 pm  Chester Station  9:20 pm
 Hadlyme Station 5:23 pm  Deep River Station  9:25 pm
 Arrive Eagle Landing State Park 5:40 pm  Arrive Essex Station  9:40 pm
 Shuttle Bus Service  5:40 – 6:15 pm
 Concert on the Lawn  6:30 – 8:30 pm

Tickets available for purchase at Essex Station on day of excursion only from 4 – 5 pm, or on board train for Deep River, Chester and Hadlyme Station passengers.  No advance tickets for this excursion.

  • Bring foldable lawn chairs and blankets, food and beverages are permitted.
  • Food and drink available for purchase at Gelston House located next to Goodspeed Lawn. Music on the River website provides additional information.
  • Train pulled by vintage diesel locomotive
  • In case of inclement weather, concert moves to Nathan Hale Ray High School, and Concert Express train will not operate.
  • No alcohol consumption allowed on train, must remain stowed.