Picks and Pans Review: The Valley Railroad

updated 04/02/1979 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/02/1979 01:00AM

A luxurious 50-year-old Pullman parlor car is the star of the train that leaves Essex (Conn.) Station on a nostalgic 10-mile trip to the shores of the Connecticut River. There cruise boats wait to take passengers on excursions that include views of the Rhenish-style castle that once belonged to actor William Gillette, who played Sherlock Holmes on Broadway at least 1,200 times. The softly wheezing steam engine also stops at Essex depot for dinner in the 1915 grill car. But check a timetable first—the line operates on a sporadic basis. (Fare, with the cruise, is $6, or $3.50 for kids.)

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