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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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