The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
The Valley Railroad Company – operating the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat – has been serving the lower Connecticut River Valley since 1971. Our company’s mission is to keep alive the rich mechanical, industrial, and transportation heritage of our state through the continual operation of our vintage steam and diesel locomotives and passenger coaches, as well as the operation & maintenance of the facilities and infrastructure that support these. We welcome visitors from throughout the state of Connecticut, the New England region and all over the world to ride our railroad, relax aboard our riverboat and visit our unique facilities.
Our Steam Train & Riverboat excursion operates daily during our summer season, with limited operation (weekends and some weekdays) May through October. Departures are 11:00 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. / 2:00 p.m. / 3:30 p.m., with riverboat connections on all but the 3:30 p.m. departure. On busy weekends we may add a 3:30 p.m. riverboat connection.