The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is part of the Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park and we are happy to welcome guests! Guests to the Valley Railroad State Park are more than welcome to visit the property and park free of charge. Buildings are open during the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s operating hours as posted on our website. Professional photographers, railroad enthusiasts and guests are welcome to take pictures anytime, however, please do so in a manner that will not delay train boarding and departure or inconvenience other guests.
Please tag us when you share your photos on social media!
Special photography requests, such as professional portraits, must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance so that an appropriate time can be scheduled and a safety escort will be available to assist you if needed. There is a non-refundable, minimum charge of $100 per hour (payable in advance) required for such access; each additional quarter hour is $25.
The Essex Station / Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park properties are a delightful venue for photography and
memorable photos; however, it is important that our guests realize this is an active railroad and follow certain basic rules: