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School Trips

School Trips

Here at Essex Steam Train we love kids! A ride on the Essex Steam Train and the Connecticut Riverboat offers many educational touchstones:

  • The science of our steam engines
  • The history of our railroad and vintage rail cars
  • The ecology and history of the river valley
  • Cruise by historic Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and other sights
  • Round trip ticket is $12.00 per person.

 

All School Trips Start with a Tour Guide

Immediately upon arrival at Essex Station, a Tour Guide will greet your school bus and escort your group on a 20-minute, grade-appropriate tour featuring: “How a Steam Locomotive Works” and “The History and Future of Transportation.”

 

Steam Train & Riverboat Excursion

Ride aboard authentic train Passenger Coaches as the Steam Locomotive powers you to the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Aboard the riverboat excursion, enjoy the beautiful sights along the Connecticut River; including the historic Gillette Castle. As students travel aboard the Becky Thatcher, they’ll be treated to rare, action views of the steam train traveling along the banks of the Connecticut River, pacing Becky as she cruises along the waterway. This remarkable sight enlivens transportation curriculum and punctuates the uniqueness of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat — the only steam train and riverboat connection in the United States. The train will transport you back to Essex Station.

The school-trip timetable accommodates a 20-minute, narrated Essex Station tour prior to train departure. The overall time spent at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is approximately 3 hours as follows:

Arrival Essex Station and Narration 10:15 am
Train & Boat Ride Excursion 11:00 am
Train Returns Essex Station 1:00 pm
Gift Shop 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

School Trip Operating Days are generally in May
Great Education Value at $12.00 Per Person

 

Please contact our office for more information
on an enjoyable and educational field trip.

 

Teachers! You can download a 7 Page Fun Activities document (PDF) with word games, railroad glossary, landmarks, and trivia. Perfect for the bus trip to the Essex Steam Train! To help you integrate your trip to Essex Station into your curriculum, we’ve prepared the following documents for your use. Feel free to
download these and use “as is” or modify for your students:

 

 

Teacher’s Guide

 

Elementary Curriculum

 

Jr High Curriculum (History)

 

Jr High Curriculum (Science)

 

Sr High Curriculum (History)