Day out With Thomas

April 27-28 & May 4-5

‘Pop’ on board a train ride adventure with Thomas the Tank Engine! Day Out With Thomas “Bubble Tour” is heading to Essex Station! We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance as these events sell out each year!  Arrive early to enjoy all the included activities!

Brick Brunch

July 27, 2024

Brick Builders Unite! Engage your imagination and join us July 27 for our first Brick Brunch aboard the Essex Steam Train!

Mommy & Me Leprechaun Tea

March 9 & 16, 2024

Follow the rainbow, wear your Irish green, and hop aboard the Essex Steam Train with your wee ones for a festive Leprechaun Tea! Moms, dads and kids of all ages will have a memorable experience riding through the picturesque Connecticut River Valley aboard this celebratory St Patrick’s excursion.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

March 16, 2024

What the craic, friends? Looking for the pot of gold at the end of the St. Patrick’s Day rainbow? You might find it here at the Essex Steam Train on Saturday, March 16! Though we can’t actually promise gold, we can promise a great time! All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper Dinner Train for a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920′s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive.

Essex Winter Warmer Lunch Series

February 17, March 2 & March 3, 2024

We would like to offer you a front row seat to observe the beauty of winter wildlife in the Connecticut River Valley! Join us for one of our 2.5 hour lunch excursions through the scenic Connecticut River Valley while you listen to our resident wildlife experts who will keep you apprised of any bird or animal sightings along the way. Cozy up in our vintage train cars with your favorite friends and family, and beat the cabin fever with us this winter!

Wine & Chocolate Dinner Train

Friday, April 5, 2024

You are cordially invited to board our vintage train for a specially created 3 course dinner while you sample a selection of wines sourced for you by our guest wine steward. The experience will become even more decadent when our guest chocolatier from Fascia’s Chocolates joins the conversation and introduces you to some amazing chocolate pairings.

Bunny Breakfast

March 23, 24, 29, & 30

Families will delight in a spring train ride through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley as they enjoy a family style platter of breakfast items suitable for all ages. An abundant family style platter for the whole table will include french toast, scones and pastries, fresh fruits, hard boiled eggs and breakfast sandwiches. The Easter Bunny will greet all guests as he passes through the train cars along the route. Photo opportunities will be available on the platform after the train ride.

Essex Steam Train Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Easter Bunny will join you as you enjoy a 45 minute train ride in the Connecticut River Valley. Before returning to Essex Station he will have the engineer stop the train in a secluded meadow for an Easter Egg Hunt and photo opportunities! All children will get a small basket to fill with the eggs they collect during the hunt. It’s going to be an egg-cellent time, so get your tickets today!

Princess Academy & Royal Tea

June 15, July 20 & August 17, 2024

Let us make all of your wishes come true on June 15, July 20 and August 17, 2024 when you attend our first Princess Academy and Royal Tea. Dress your Princess in training in her prettiest dress or gown and join our beautiful Belle of the Valley and her regal companions in the Grand Ballroom at Essex Station for an unforgettable and magical afternoon.


Murder Mystery Train

April 13, 2024

Lucky you! You’ve been invited to the Dunn Speakeasy for the wedding of the year! In this “married to the mob” event, you’ll never know who to trust. With the two families merging together, someone is bound to lose power, which means someone else will lose their life! Get on the train and solve this case with your fellow detectives.

2024 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.