May 26, 2018

Essex Steam Train Railroad Crossing Safety Message

Essex Steam Train #40 at Chester

Essex Steam Train #40 at Chester

ESSEX — The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat would like to make all local residents aware that seasonal train operations have begun today, April 4, 2013. The Valley Railroad Company is looking forward to an active and exciting season, and would like to remind all to be aware of railroad crossing safety.

We advise all motorists and pedestrians in Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam and Middletown to be aware of the trains and railroad crossings now in operation. Please renew your sense of caution and alertness when traversing the crossings of the railroad. All Railroad STOP signs, flashing lights, and gates carry the full weight of the law. Pedestrians are also not permitted, by law, to walk along the tracks of an active railroad.

Thank you for your attention. Please find more information about our upcoming season on and follow us for updates on Twitter @essexsteamtrain and on Facebook at

 About the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. The railroad has transported people across Connecticut since 1868, and the Valley Railroad Company has operated today’s well-known train and riverboat for over 40 years. The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat takes people on exciting excursions through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a placed designated as “one of the last great places on earth” by the Nature Conservancy. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester, and the Becky Thatcher Riverboat takes visits to the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park. The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat offers various eco-excursions and family themed events throughout the year. For more information visit  or connect with the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat on social media: and