Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Experience the Charm of Vintage Train Travel

Looking for a unique and thrilling adventure that will bring family and friends together? Look no further than the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, just a short drive from the Boardman House Inn Bed & Breakfast. This one-of-a-kind attraction offers a two and a half hour steam train and riverboat excursion through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley, a location so stunning that the Nature Conservancy has named it one of the “last great places” on earth.

Start your journey at the historic 1892 Essex Station, where vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive await. Essex Steam Train meanders through the countryside while you can enjoy a narrated tour of the area’s history and natural beauty. The train then stops at Deep River Landing, where you will board the Becky Thatcher Riverboat for a one hour cruise down the Connecticut River. Take in the breathtaking scenery and historic landmarks such as Gillette Castle and Goodspeed Opera House before returning back to Deep River Landing. The Essex Steam Train then welcomes you back on board for the return trip to Essex Station.

For a truly special occasion, book a ride on the Essex Clipper Dinner Train. Relax to the rhythm of the rails and enjoy a freshly prepared four-course meal served in restored 1920s Pullman Cars. This unforgettable experience is available weekends May through October and is perfect for private events. Visit for schedule and seasonal menu information and call (800) 377-3987 to make reservations.

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company. Essex Steam Train has been a historic Connecticut attraction for over 40 years. Other amenities include bus parking, food and beverage services, a gift shop, guided group tours, meeting and event facilities, and special rentals.

Experience the thrill and adventure of steam. Book your trip today and discover the beauty of the Connecticut River Valley.

Boardman House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Boardman House Inn Bed & Breakfast | 8 Norwich Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423 | Phone: (860) 873-9233

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