General FAQs

What are the different seating options?

Our standard seating is in Coach Cars with padded bench seats. For an additional charge, customers can choose our First Class car which offers individual seats and cash beverage service.

Is there air conditioning or heat on the train and/or riverboat?

When the weather warrants, there is steam heat on the train. There is no air conditioning on the train or boat, however a natural breeze can be felt on both.

Are there bathrooms on the train and/or riverboat?

There are small bathrooms available on the train and the boat. The bathrooms on the boat are on the lower level which is accessed by a full staircase from the level you board onto the boat. It is suggested to use the bathrooms at Essex Station before your excursion.

How long are the excursions?

The Steam Train excursion is 1 hour round-trip; the Steam Train & Riverboat combination excursion is 2.5-hour round trip.

How do I get back to my car?

All excursions are round trip and leave from and return to Essex Station. For those taking the Steam Train & Riverboat combination excursion, the train will bring you to the riverboat and pick you up afterwards.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance tickets are strongly recommended and encouraged. Tickets are available for walk-up sales on the day of the excursion IF tickets are available. Our Riverboat seating is sold to a Coast Guard regulated capacity and can not be exceeded. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time. Gift certificates/cards and Complimentary passes can only be used with phone and walk up purchases. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time and check in at the Essex Station Ticket Window (1 Railroad Ave. Essex, CT 06426)

How much are tickets?

Steam Train and Riverboat ticket pricing can be found on our Schedule & Fares Page. Special seating (First Class) require an extra charge per ticket.

When does the Steam Train & Riverboat operate?

Our Steam Train & Riverboat excursion operates Saturday & Sunday through June 27, 2021 and then Thursday-Monday July 1-August 22, 2021.   Departures are 11:00 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. / 2:00 p.m for the 2.5 hour Train & Riverboat Excursion and the 1 Hour Train Excursion