Neighbor Appreciation Weekend

Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, and East Haddam Residents rode free on May 20 & 21.

Neighbor Appreciation weekend includes free Steam Train and Riverboat rides (coach seating) for residents in six towns along the Valley Railroad’s operating line – – Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, East Haddam and Old Saybrook.

  • NEW FOR 2017: 10:15 am 1.75-hour train ride or 3.25-hour train & boat ride to HADDAM and return (May 20&21 only)
  • Passengers may also select a 1-hour train ride or 2 1/2-hour train and boat ride (as available) at 12:30pm, 2:00pm
  • 1-hour train ride at 3:30 pm

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 four departures, on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Essex Steam Train Ticket Window on the excursion date (sorry, no advance tickets) and are for COACH SEATING ; Passengers wishing to ride First Class must purchase a full price ticket. Limited seating is available, please arrive early to secure your tickets. Steam Train Only tickets will be offered in the event that Steam Train & Riverboat tickets are sold out. Adult residents must present picture identification at the Essex Station ticket window.