Chocolate & Wine Cruise

Enjoy a 2 Hour Cruise with Wine, Chocolates, Food and Music!


Taco & Tequila Cruise

Ride our vintage train pulled by our antique diesel locomotive to our riverboat where you will enjoy a Margarita, a taco bar and other light food and live music.

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Mommy & Me Tea

Moms, dress your little ones in their “Mother’s Day Weekend Finest” and bring them aboard for a special morning tea, in 1920s Pullman style to celebrate the weekend. Take in the beautiful spring scenery on this one hour round-trip train ride through the Connecticut River Valley, as you enjoy this intimate family excursion. Delight in an assortment of teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and more, aboard a beautifully restored 1920s era Pullman Dining car.


Rail Bike Adventure

8 Mile Round Trip Adventure

Friday- Sunday: April 24 – June 27  / Monday May 31

Thursday-Sunday: July 1 – August 22

Pedal a Rail-Bike for a 8 mile round trip adventure over moderate terrain from Essex Station south to Old Saybrook and return; passing along the Preserve (The Preserve is a 963 acre forest located in the towns of Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook. It was recognized as the largest remaining unprotected coastal forest between Boston and New York before its acquisition for conservation) while enjoying the stunning New England weather.

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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.


Day Out with Thomas 2021

(Day Out With Thomas is in the process of being moved to August 28/29 & September 4/5, 2021. Guests who currently have tickets will receive an email from Ticketweb at the end of April/beginning of May informing them of the new date/time for their tickets. New tickets will be on sale Mid-May)

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!