Day Out with Thomas

May 30 & 31, June 6 & 7

Toot toot!!! Thomas the Tank Engine, his buddy Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are pulling into Essex Station for the “Celebration Tour!” in honor of Thomas’s birthday this spring!


Hand on the Throttle

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and actually operate a full size steam locomotive! Registrants receive home study materials covering railroad and steam locomotive safety as well as basic steam locomotive theory and operation.


 Mommy & Me: Themed Excursions

May 16, 17, 23 & 24

Take in the beautiful spring scenery on this one hour round-trip train ride through the Connecticut River Valley. Delight in an assortment of teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and more, aboard a beautifully restored 1920s era Pullman Dining car during this unique and one-of-a-kind family excursion.


Rail-Bike Adventure: Goodspeed’s Station

June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 

Pedal a Rail-Bike for a 45 minute, 4 mile round trip adventure over easy terrain with stunning scenery along the CT River all while enjoying the stunning New England spring weather.


 Chocolate & Wine

June 11 & 25

It’s a match made in heaven! Ride our vintage train pulled by our antique diesel locomotive to our riverboat, where you’ll sample four pairings of fabulous wines and decadent chocolates.


Murder Mystery

July 11 & 12

Join us for an intimate and interactive experience where YOU help solve the mystery! The Oliver Jensen Gallery in the River Valley Junction Building at historic Essex Station is the venue for this devious Murder Mystery.



Crime and Pun-ishment

Murder Mystery Dinner Train – June 27

Ladies, be sure to get in character by dressing in your best 1920’s flapper dress complete with feathered headband and boa. Fellas, don those fedoras and pin stripe suits to get into the real swing of things. Enjoy a cocktail gathering before your 2.5 hour fully immersive Dinner Train experience where you will have to help find out just who-dun-it.


Tacos & Tequila Cruise

July 10, 17, 24, & 31

It’s time for some Tacos, Tequila and Tunes aboard the Tacos & Tequila Cruise!


Family Pirate Adventures

July 11, 15, 18, 22, 25

Join us and enjoy a 20 minute ride on the 1920’s era Essex Steam Train as it heads to Deep River Landing. There we find a band of pirates who have made camp and their ship “The Becky Thatcher”.


Thar Be Pirates

Legendary Rogues, Scoundrels & Renegades on the Connecticut River

It’s going to be a Dark & Stormy night on the Connecticut River when our friends from Goslings Rum  join us for Thar Be Pirates on July 18 and August 15!


New for 2020: Bubble Boat

August 13

Have you ever dreamed of gliding down a golden lit river at sunset while sipping Champagne, Prosecco or Sparkling Rose? You can live that dream aboard our Bubble Boat Cruise.


Cruise to Parrotdise

August 14 & 21

It’s 5 O’Clock somewhere, right? Hop aboard the Becky Thatcher for a sunset cruise, “Keys Style”!