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The Valley Railroad Company – operating the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat – has been serving the lower Connecticut River Valley since 1971. Our company’s mission is to keep alive the rich mechanical, industrial, and transportation heritage of our state through the continual operation of our vintage steam and diesel locomotives and passenger coaches, as well as the operation & maintenance of the facilities and infrastructure that support these. We welcome visitors from throughout the state of Connecticut, the New England region and all over the world to ride our railroad, relax aboard our riverboat and visit our unique facilities.


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Your safety is our #1 priority!

A latent risk of exposure to Covid-19 is present where people gather in any public space. By visiting the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat it is understood that you as the guest assume any risk associated with exposure to Covid-19.

We at the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat are taking enhanced actions through sanitation and social distancing measures to ensure the highest level of customer safety and satisfaction. Please do your part to help keep each other safe and healthy.

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat holds the safety of our customers and employees in the highest regard. For this reason we require that everyone visiting and working on our properties wear a mask at all times when they cannot maintain a 6 foot social distance.

We realize that some may object or find this to be an inconvenience, but we maintain erring on the side of safety by enforcing this protocol. Wearing a mask in public spaces not only protects you, but those in your presence and we believe that the safety and comfort of our guests is worth the minor potential inconvenience.

Please be sure to read the safety guidelines posted on the blue signs around the station and boat landing, and be sure to wear your mask in all areas marked and when unable to keep a safe social distance.