Essex Steam Train and Riverboat may not have its signature attractions running yet during this pandemic spring, but it has a hit on its hands in the Rail-Bike Adventures ride that is selling out every ride in May and June.

For $50 for two persons (or $95 for a four-person bike), patrons pedal an open, four-wheel rail bike for a 45-minute to 75-minute round-trip ride amid scenery in southeastern Connecticut. While the famous train begins at Railroad Avenue in Essex, the rail bike is based at 22 Bridge St. up in Haddam and at Haddam Meadows State Park, Route 154, in Haddam. Check your ticket.

Asked about current activities at the company, Director of Communications Maureen Quinton said, “At this time we are only running our Rail Bike Adventures. Until we receive more detail from the state as far as which phase we fall under for our (other) events and train and boat excursions, we are working on a month-to-month schedule.”

She said the company will know more June 20, after a new phase in state reopening plans begins. The company runs its famous steam train, riverboat, dinner cruises, pirate adventures and other events — all on hold as of this writing.

“We are looking forward to opening and being back on the tracks as soon as it is safe for our customers and employees to return,” Quinn said in an email.

There’s good news for prospective riders, however. Quinn on June 3 said that a new batch of July rail-bike ride times has been put on the website Essexsteamtrain.com. A mask is required while you wait in line for your ticket time, be advised.

Connecticut Media Group