The Valley Railroad Company has been in existence in one form or the other since 1868 and is presently operating as The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. The history of this railroad is as exciting as a ride on the railroad today, giving passengers a glimpse of the history of the American rail system from the early days of steam to the present.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Essex, Deep River, Chester and Haddam.
At Deep River Landing, passengers are escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. The visual serenity of the river valley is on full display from Becky‘s multiple decks. The deep water, coves, inlets, marshes, wildlife and rocky shoreline are, all at once, simply breathtaking!
Steam Train Photo Credit: Peter Buck