Neighbor Appreciation Day

Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, and Old Saybrook Residents…Ride Free!

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat kicked off its season with Neighbor Appreciation Weekend, May 10 & 11, 2014.

Neighbor Appreciation weekend included free Steam Train and Riverboat rides for residents in 5 towns along the Valley Railroad’s operating line – - Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, and Old Saybrook.

  • Passengers may elect a 1-hour train ride or 2 1/2-hour train and boat ride at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, or a 1-hour train ride at 3:30pm.
  • Neighbor Appreciation includes our Saybrook Special, departing Esex Station southbound at 10:00am

Hop aboard this springtime adventure bursting with flora and fauna! The magnificent Connecticut River Valley that’s our own backyard, will be on full display from the multiple decks of the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Enjoy close up views of the wildlife’s natural habitat as the train traverses the tidal wetlands of Pratt Cove and Chester Creek. Treasure the historic sights including East Haddam Swing Bridge, Goodspeed Opera House, and Gillette Castle.

Tickets for “Neighbor Appreciation Weekend” are available for all 5 departures, on a first come, first serve basis. Adult residents must present picture identification at the Essex Station Ticket Window.