Since The Valley Railroad Company was chartered in 1969, nearly every piece of preserved railroad equipment in its museum collection, including steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, and work equipment, has arrived at Essex Station from Old Saybrook – – our rail connection to the “outside world.” Now, the historic 4-mile stretch of rail south of Essex Station to Old Saybrook is available for passenger travel aboard the Saybrook Special!
Into the Woods We Go!
On the first weekend of each month, May through October, passengers may board the 10:00 am Saybrook Special for a unique journey along the railroad from Essex to Old Saybrook. The train passes through unspoiled forestland, glacial pathways, rocky ridgelines, and alongside “The Preserve”, the largest remaining inland coastal forest between Boston and New York. Narration highlights include: the natural landscape, the history of the former railroad stations in Saybrook Point and Fenwick, and anecdotes from earlier freight days on the line.
The Saybrook Special is offered at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to ticket holders for the 11:00 am Train or Train/Boat excursion.
- Arrive at Essex Station by 9:45 am to purchase tickets and board the 10:00 am Saybrook Special, a 50-minute round trip.
- At 10:50 am, the train will pause at Essex Station to board 11:00 am passengers for the ride north through the Connecticut River Valley. (Saybrook Special passengers may elect to disembark at Essex Station OR remain on board for the Train or Train/Boat trip north.)
- Seating Choices: Coach or upgrade to First Class Car, Open Car, or Caboose.