The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat is an historic and beautiful tourist destination. It is a two and a half hour narrated trip that begins at the historic Essex Train Station built in 1892. You actually ride in vintage railroad cars pulled by a steam locomotive-the real deal! Then the Becky Thatcher Riverboat meets the train at Deep River Landing, and from there you embark on a one and quarter hour cruise along the beautiful Connecticut River. From the boat you see Gillette Castle and the Goodspeed Opera House-both interesting tourist destinations, and the local population also enjoys these sights and musical shows on a regular basis.
This area is Dan’s inspiration to create his paintings-the Connecticut River and other waterways near this river and Long Island Sound. He constantly is painting these views, and they change from season to season and even time of day. There is always something to see on the river, and to capture on canvas.
Did you catch the smoke billowing all around the train-like a bridal veil? He photographed the train coming down the track, as I sat in the car wondering if he is in harm’s way. And it makes quite the painting-the smoke wafting up through the fall foliage.
Hope you can make it to the opening-we will be there-and check out this very inspiring show.
Dan (artist) and Nancy (blogger)