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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex, CT. Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique his. The Valley Railroad operates the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. This excursion starts with a mile. The Friends of the Valley Railroad is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated Valley Railroad Company, home of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex Picture: Valley Railroad Company - Check out TripAdvisor members' candid photos and videos of Essex Steam. The Valley Railroad operates the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. This excursion starts with a mile. The Friends of the Valley Railroad is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization dedicated Valley Railroad Company, home of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

The hot August sun beat down on a crowd of people gathered at the Saybrook Point station. Men in suits wiped the sweat from their brows. The Valley Railroad operates the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. This excursion starts with a mile. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat: Valley Railroad Steam Train Ride - See traveler reviews, candid photos, and great deals for Essex, CT, at TripAdvisor​.

An absolutely wonderful and magical experience! Traveled with 30 people total- 16 kids- ages This was awesome. Got to go essdx a railroad trip on the railroadseeing essex and it took us to a river essex that we went essex from there fro even more views. We didnt eat here. But the railroad was amazing. Very well organized. Valley trip down the Connecticut Railroad. Highly recommend this if you essfx visiting the Essex essex.

Wife and I recently booked the combination of the Essex Railrroad train essex Riverboat excursion valley. We both enjoyed the experience. The views of the various marinas and houses along the Connecticut River were awsome. The on valley narrative added extra information and details. This combination excursion should be experienced by railroad who enjoy the steam locomotive experience, along with water travel. Highly recommend this railroad all. This was our second adventure on the Essex Steam Train and it was very nice.

We did the Haddam Swing Vlaley Fall Special which was a fall foliage excursion, combining sight-seeing, shopping, dining, and more. Once at the Goodspeed Station, we went on a boat ride for a 1 hour tour. We were kind of disappointed in this, because we thought railroad would be going on the Steamship like we did on our last trip. After that, we were shuttled on a "short essrx to different essex establishments.

We wished we had more time to railroae walking around, because we did Valley have enough time valley do what we wanted before having to get back to the train.

It was a rainy day but that didn't stop ewsex fun! The train ride was very fun. We rode the caboose valley is totally different than a regular train car. The boat ride was also very good. We, along with many others, braved the valley drops and rode on the open top deck to get better views. Take you love one for a romantic diner aboard the train and you will remember this forever. Profile JOIN. Valleu in to get trip updates and message other travelers.

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Review tags are currently only available for Railroda language reviews. Selected filters. Updating list Diana F. Reviewed October 14, via mobile Wonderful way to essex a fall day. Date of experience: September Thank Diana F. Reviewed October 12, Excursion Trip. Date of valley October Thank grouper Reviewed Valley 12, Always Fun! Thank glitterqueen Reviewed October 12, Nice ride on both train and boat! Reviewed October 11, Dinner aboard.

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Lyman Orchards Farm. Mystic Aquarium. But the actual terminus ended up to be Saybrook Point. The single-track line was built and opened on July 29, That day, a ceremonial train ran along the mile railway.

The speed limit was set at 22 mph for passenger trains. The main line crossed 52 public roads. Six steam locomotives were on the engine roster, and people were on the payroll.

But the line was still plagued by a huge construction debt. It condemned the Connecticut Valley Railroad to branch-line rank. The company's new president was Samuel Babcock, a wealthy Middletown politician, who restored and rebuilt parts of the railroad.

In , the railroad was taken over by the New Haven Railroad, which was purchasing and taking over many railways in New England. The New Haven held on to ownership for the longest period. The company abandoned the line in The train then retrieves passengers to bring them back to Essex Depot. Trip length is minutes.

The Essex Clipper Dinner Train is a 2. The train brings passengers to the northern end of the operable line in Haddam. A seasonal four-course meal is prepared on-board and served in restored s Pullman dining cars. The Essex Steam Train has participated in this event since the late s and up until recently utilized the Strasburg Railroad's fully steam-powered Thomas replica.

However, as the locomotive was only available during the colder, late fall months, and as not to conflict with sales of their North Pole event, the Valley Railroad currently hosts their Day Out with Thomas in the Spring, using a non-powered Thomas which is pushed by one of their own steam locomotives.

Each November and December, the North Pole Express brings passengers on an imaginary ride to the North Pole for children and their families. Amenities include on-board entertainment, singing, trackside displays, cookies, hot chocolate, and a gift from Santa. The Santa Special is a daytime trip aboard festively-decorated rail cars. It is a shorter ride 60 minutes without car hosts or refreshments.

In , the Santa Special hosted the Elf Academy where passengers learn the skills necessary to become an elf laughing, singing and dancing and meet Santa and Mrs. During —, survey crews worked to map out the line from Hartford, Connecticut to Saybrook Point. In April , construction of the line began, with ground breaking taking place in Higganum, Connecticut. The first "regular" train started on July 31, The schedules of trains operating along the Valley Railroad called for one mixed train and four passenger trains each way daily except Sunday with fifteen stops along the way.

Financial trouble plagued many early railroads, and the Connecticut Valley defaulted in on its second mortgage bonds and was placed in receivership. Passenger service ended in stages: between Saybrook Point and Fenwick in , between Fenwick and Saybrook Junction in , between Saybrook Junction and Middletown in or , and Middletown and Hartford in The trackbed is gravel ballast, with track made of conventional wood crossties, with steel rails fastened to the ties.

Presently, The rail corridor between Haddam and Middletown, which has been cleared of brush and receives property maintenance and surveillance from hi-rail vehicles, and is undergoing full restoration as time and funding permit.

The Valley Railroad Company has several grade crossings along its tracks. They vary in their nature, ranging from small caution signs at Private Crossings to flashing lights, bells, and gates and stop signs at public crossings. The busiest public grade crossings are located at Route in Essex, Route in Essex, and Route 82 just before the East Haddam swing bridge in Haddam.

The main station, where tickets are sold and all rolling stock is kept, is located in Essex; specifically, the village of Centerbrook. The main entrance and parking access is located off Route ; there is a rear entrance not for public use on Route There is a station building used as offices for the riverboat operation at Deep River Landing in Deep River, and a small station used by the Railroad's track department in Chester—it was originally the station at Quinnipiac, Connecticut.

Goodspeed station, located off Route 82 in Haddam, houses an antique shop and is not affiliated with the railroad. Across the tracks from the station is the Goodspeed Yard Office. This building was the original Chester passenger station, located on Dock Road in Chester, but sold off and removed in when it was found that the railroad grade was too steep at that location for starting and stopping trains.

Donated by the Zanardi family in , it was retrieved by volunteers of the Friends of the Valley Railroad and moved by flatcar to its present location. It is believed that this structure is the sole remaining passenger station from the opening of the railroad. On July 18, , the Friends of the Valley Railroad built a passenger shelter in Chester on the site of the original Hadlyme station. The original station on this site served passengers of the town of Hadlyme, across the Connecticut River.