November 18, 2018

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Hosts Book Signing for The Last Train

Meet Author and Illustrator of The Last Train at the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Book Signing on Oct. 2.

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat will be hosting a book signing event with the author and illustrator of  The Last Train that should appeal to all grandparents, moms, dads and kids!  The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, and all are invited to meet the author and acclaimed musician, Gordon Titcomb, and the award-winning illustrator of over 40 books for children, Wendell Minor, who translate their vivid memories of growing up near small town railroad stations into a captivating emotional journey.

And what better place to share The Last Train than the perfect storybook setting of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat — located in the village of Essex, with its 1892 freight depot, Essex Station.  Illustrator Wendell Minor even chose Essex Steam Train’s Locomotive No. 40 as the “big iron horse” for his paintings throughout the pages of The Last Train! 

Also on Oct. 2, visiting readers can bring The Last Train to life aboard an Essex Steam Train ride pulled by Steam Engine No. 40.  The train will be operated by Engineer Paul Lewis, Road Foreman of Engines and Trainmaster of the Valley Railroad Company . . . not to mention the illustrated “railroad man” driving Engine No. 40 in The Last Train! 

Activities for the book signing event will also include:

  • Book purchase and signing to be held in the Oliver Jensen Gallery in River Valley Junction from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
  • Vintage train rides pulled by Engine No. 40 at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30.  (Optional Becky Thatcher Riverboat connection on first 3 trips.)
  • Photo opportunities with Engine No. 40 when train is in Essex Station (15 minutes prior each departure time).

“Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is delighted to host this Book Signing event for The Last Train” says Robert Bell, President of The Valley Railroad Company.  He continues, “The Last Train’s multi-generational appeal speaks directly to our visiting passenger audience. And, in an absolutely stunning format, The Last Train enhances Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s devotion to enriching precious family time together, as well as our vision to preserve the heritage of the steam locomotive.”

Published by Roaring Brook Press, The Last Train was released September 14th by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.  Hardcover Picture Book, Nonfiction. Ages 6 and up.  $16.99.  

Valley Railroad Company: Incorporated in 1969, The Valley Railroad Company opened the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to the public in 1971.  Essex Steam Train & Riverboat attracts 150,000 visitors a year and is one of Connecticut’s most vibrant tourist attractions.  Tour goers enjoy a 2½ hour narrated steam train and riverboat journey through the scenic Connecticut River Valley.  Special events include Day Out With Thomas, Fright Train, Santa Special and North Pole Express.

For more information and directions contact Essex Steam Train & Riverboat at 800.377.3987 or visit