Love The Romantic Notion Of Steam Train And River Boat Travel? Look No Further Than Essex

Experience the glory days of rail travel with Essex Steam Train & River Boats, featuring authentic steam trains and the Becky Thatcher River Boat.

The best part of steam train travel is the 1920's dining cars: The Meriden (1924), and The Wallingford(1927).

The Meriden was rescued by the Valley Railroad Company from its work train service, and restored as a 54-seat dining car.

The Wallingford was a 36-seat parlor car for the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad before it was purchased by the Valley Railroad Company in 1978.

The Becky Thatcher River Boat is a '70 Mississippi-style river boat, has three decks and holds 220 for sightseeing, or 150 for a cocktail reception, or 60 for a sit-down dinner.

Guests of the Becky Thatcher arrive for departure on vintage train coaches pulled by a diesel locomotive.

Finally, make sure to pay a visit during your travels to the Gillette Castle State Park in Hadlyme.

The Gillette Castle is one of Connecticut's most famous destinations; it served as the home of William Gillette, known for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.

Connection is available to hikers on the operating days of the Essex Steam Train & River Boat.


Phone: (860) 767-0103



Train & Boat:

-Adults: $26

-Children(ages 2-11): $13

-Children under 2: FREE

Train Ride Only:

-Adults: $17

-Children: $9

-Children under 2: FREE

Parlor Car:

-Adults: +$5

-Children: +$5

Open Car:

-Adults: +$3

-Children: +$3


-Adults: +$5

-Children: +$5

The Essex Clipper Dinner Train:

Cost: $70

Phone: (1-800) 377-3987

Becky Thatcher River Boat:

Cost: $3,000f for a 3.5 hour charter service, including the round-trip train ride to the Becky Thatcher.

Phone: (800) 377-3987