Where to Eat

Essex Clipper Dinner Train


1 Railroad Avenue
Essex , CT 06426
860 767 0103
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If you want a feel for what the luxury trains of yesteryear must have been like, the Essex Clipper gives you a taste. Literally a taste, as you’ll enjoy a four-course meal served in beautifully restored 1920 Pullman diners.

As these things go, it’s a top of the line experience. The scenery on the 2½ hour ride is breathtaking, as you journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley – designated one of the “last great places on Earth” by the Nature Conservancy. The food won’t disappoint. There’s even a cash bar. Vegetarian meals are available if you request them when making reservations.

Many people celebrate special occasions on the Clipper, and the friendly staff is happy to cater to anniversary couples or birthday celebrations. Inquire about a festive cake, or upgrade with unexpected touches: a rose, floral arrangements or a box of chocolates.  You can even book the Essex Clipper for private parties and chartered events for up to 100 passengers.

Dinner trains run Fridays through Sunday from May into October, although seating time differ depending on time of year. For dinner train menu and to purchase tickets (advance purchase is required) visit essexsteamtrain.com.

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