Functions & Charters

No matter what the event, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat makes it extra special with a variety of unique options. From the Becky Thatcher riverboat and the Dinner Train to our in-house art gallery, grounds and facilities, Essex Steam Train will make your event the talk of all your friends!

Becky Thatcher Riverboat

Breathtaking views from the Becky Thatcher riverboat set the stage for a memorable party, wedding, rehearsal dinner, family reunion or corporate event. Our riverboat, a Connecticut River Valley fixture, is available for daytime and evening charter, May – October.

Essex Clipper Dinner Train

The Essex Clipper Dinner Train is available for groups, private parties and chartered events. Whether it’s a family gathering, rehearsal dinner, wedding, or corporate affair, the rhythm of the rails and our attentive staff transport you back to the day when rail travel was king and “dinner in the diner” was a delicious special occasion.


The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat provides quintessential New England charm – the perfect backdrop for your special day. Reserve the intimate Oliver Jensen Gallery or opt for the spacious River Valley Junction Hall.

Events at Essex Station

We’ve got the perfect location for your family reunion, business function, group meeting, or celebration. Rent the Oliver Jensen Gallery or the River Valley Junction Hall and enjoy our catering services. You can even add in a private Steam Train & Riverboat ride!