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Take a ride on the rails

If chugging along the tracks through miles of tree-lined territory decorated by nature's paintbrush sounds appealing, you'll want to check out the schedule for Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. Fall foliage trips run Oct. 1 to Oct. 26. Getting There: From Route 9 take exit 3, take a right at the end of the ramp, Essex Station is on the left. The 2.5-hour Steam Train STEPHEN DUNN, HARTFORD COURANT