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Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Sights

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

  • 1 Railroad Ave. Map It
  • Essex
  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Updated 12/23/2013

Fodor's Review

This ride offers some of the best views of the Connecticut River valley from 1920s-era coaches pulled by a vintage steam locomotive and an old-fashioned riverboat. The train, traveling along the Connecticut River through the lower valley, makes a 12-mile round-trip from Essex Station to Deep River Station; from there, if you wish to continue, you board the riverboat for a ride to East Haddam (the open promenade deck on the third level has the best views).

Sight Information


Valley Railroad Company, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, Connecticut, 06426, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Train $17, train and boat $26
  • May–Dec., hrs vary

Updated 12/23/2013


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Apr 25, 2005

A way to relax and enjoy the scenery

What a nice way to enjoy the summer scenery and autumn foliage. Wow! Anyone that drives the corridor from NY to Boston only seens the highway and not the small towns of CT and this gives a perfect way to see the countryside while recharging those batteries. Definitely worth the trip!

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