Essex Rail and Sail

This August, dozens of IN-SIGHT clients had the chance to experience the Essex Rail and Sail, the only steam train and steamboat connection in the country.

After boarding the restored train dining car, the participants enjoyed a three-course lunch. The train gently meandered on tracks along the Connecticut River, with beautiful scenes of natural beauty visible through the windows. A conductor provided narration that included the history of the antique steam train, the local area’s history, and the scenes the train was passing by.

After lunch, the group disembarked at Deep River Landing, where the participants boarded a restored steamboat for a cruise up a portion of the Connecticut River. Once again, a narrator described the natural scenes, local history, and interesting landmarks such as the Goodspeed Opera House and the Gillette Castle.

After the trip, one participant wrote, “Thank you for the wonderful time. Lunch was delicious, and the weather was perfect for the train and boat. After two years of COVID lockdowns, I enjoyed being out again visiting places with people!”

Another wrote, “Thanks so much for making the rail and sail event such an amazing time. It was so wonderful and greatly appreciated.”