For Press Inquiries please contact:

Maureen Quintin, Director of Communications
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave | Essex, Connecticut 06426
P: 860.767.0103 x222 | E:

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About the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historical attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. The Valley Railroad Company has operated today’s well-known steam train and riverboat for over 40 years on a line originally laid in 1871. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat transports people on exciting excursions through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a place designated as “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Essex, Deep River and Chester, and the Becky Thatcher riverboat takes passengers on a 1¼-hour cruise on the Connecticut River past serene coves, marshes and historic sites including Gillette Castle, the East Haddam Swing Bridge and the Goodspeed Opera House. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat offers various excursions and family themed events throughout the year.

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Twitter: @essexsteamtrain

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Official hashtags: #essexsteamtrain #essexstation

iCRVradiosm – The Stream Feeding The River Valleysm will be hosting Valley Railroad Radio periodically throughout the operating season, with live shows, rebroadcast throughout the month.

NEW for 2017: iCRVradio Archives, listen to past broadcasts about the Valley Railroad

iCRVradio is a great resource for local music, arts and entertainment, and local events.