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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Eagle Flyer Eco-Excursion

You might not guess, but the banks of the Connecticut River are prime bald-eagle watching territory in the deep winter months, and Essex Steam Train has a vintage way to get there.

President’s Day Weekend, February 17-19 and February 24-25, diesel locomotives will pull the Eagle Flyer out of Essex Station for a 2½-hour eco-excursion. Trains depart at 11 am and 2 pm, and make local station stops in Deep River, Chester, Eagle Landing State Park and Haddam.

Naturalists will be on board to share information about bald eagles, and their migration south to the Connecticut River Valley from December to March. Bring binoculars (and a little patience) and it’s a good bet you’ll see them, as the lower river is an important wintering and nesting site. 

Tickets are coach ($25 adults) or first-class ($40 all ages), and are likely to go quickly. Soups, sandwiches, snacks, and hot/cold beverages will be available on board. To make reservations, visit