June 20th ASME Family Event

Essex Steam Train


Engine House Tour and Train Ride!

Owned and operated by the Valley Railroad Company, the Essex Steam Train is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. The Valley Railroad Company has operated today’s well-known steam train for over 40 years on a line that was originally laid in 1871. The Essex Steam Train transports people through the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley, a place 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 Essex, Deep River and Chester.
The Engine House is the repair and maintenance facility for the Essex Steam Train equipment.  As all types of equipment are constantly rotating through the Engine House, it is hard to predict which equipment will be in the shop on the day of our tour, but the tour should be quite interesting.  For a list of Valley Railroad rolling stock as of Jan. 2014 (in PDF format), click here.

Parts of the Engine House tour will be aimed at engineers, and other parts will be readily understood by anyone, regardless of their background.  Of course, people of all ages will also enjoy the one-hour train ride.  Kids are welcome at this event!
Note that respondents must pay in advance via credit card. See below for details.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Location: Essex Steam Train, Essex, CT

The Valley Railroad Company
One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT 06426

(GPS: 41.348947,-72.410803)
9:30-9:45 a.m.: Attendees arrive.
9:45-10:45 a.m.: Exclusive tour of the Engine House, just for ASME!
11:00-12:00 p.m.:
Ride on the Essex Steam Train
Event ends at 12:00 p.m.

Cost: Because ASME will be subsidizing everyone's ticket, the cost will be as follows:

  • $10.00 per person
  • $5.00 for children ages 2 to 11

The exclusive tour of the Engine House is included in this price!  However,
you must pay in advance to reserve your spot.

click RSVPhere

The last day for submitting an RSVP is Thursday, June 18.

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