October 1, 2020

Ghosts of a Train Crash on a Halloween Haunt

A Zombie (Lewis Avery)

Essex Steam Train & Riverboat company are partnering with another local company, Riverway Studio of East Haddam, to produce their latest holiday entertainment experience, The Fright Train.  The first Fright Train will be pulling out of Essex Station at 5.30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 22, and promises to provide those who are brave enough to join the ride with a haunting Halloween experience.

“The Fright Train is yet again, another terrific example of how Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is continuing to evolve its entertainment experience,” says Robert Bell, President of The Valley Railroad Company.  Bob continues, “Once again, we’re delighted to collaborate with the producer of the Fright Train show, Riverway Studio from East Haddam, CT, our production partner for the successful North Pole Express, Lomax: The Hound of Music, and Murder Mystery shows.  Our mutual goal is always  to deliver a quality, on-board performance for family and friends.”

Zeke the Train Switchman (Dave Caffrey)

The scene will be set on a foggy evening and the anniversary of the Valley Railroad’s 1925 train wreck.  As the story goes, David, a working-class waiter in Fenwick, is traveling aboard the Connecticut Valley Line to visit his secret love Dahlia, the daughter of a wealthy, Hartford family. In his hand, an engagement ring with which to propose marriage. But, another train is approaching and Zeke, the reliable Deep River switchman, suffers a heart attack and never pulls the switch…

The Fright Train experience is recommended for children over 8 and adults.  The event will last approximately 1 hour and will cost $20 per person.  Future Fright Train rides are also scheduled for Oct. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31. More details can be found, and tickets purchased from the Essex Steam Train website at www.essexsteamtrain.com.