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Engineer Experience Programs

Tourist railways and shortlines offering "Engineer for an hour" and "Your hand on the throttle" programs where you drive a steam or diesel locomotive. A wide range of programs are offered, varying from a few minutes to week long training programs.

There are 33 links in this category

Illinois - Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad
Freeport, IL - On the Silver Creek and Stephenson Railroad, dreams can come true... I refer to the dream of being the engineer on a train.

The Silver Creek and Stephenson has scheduled a day for you to take the throttle and run the train.

Info: URL: http://www.thefreeportshow.com/throttle.htm (Added: 7-May-2013)
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Indiana - Whitewater Valley Railroad
South Connersville, IN - The Whitewater Valley Railroad is proud to announce Throttle Time. The general public will be offered a chance to operate one of many historic diesel-electric locomotives on the Whitewater Valley Railroad main line as a guest engineer.

Each guest engineer will participate in a brief operational training session before sitting at the throttle for 30 minutes of actual hands-on locomotive operations. The locomotive will operate "light", without attached train cars. Operation will begin with a walk-around inspection and orientation to the locomotive, followed by basic instruction on safety, operation, starting and stopping. The instructor will then take the locomotive to an appropriate location along the track where the guest engineer will take over the locomotive's controls.

Info: URL: http://www.whitewatervalleyrr.org/excursions/events (Added: 27-Jan-2018)
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Maine - Boothbay Railway Village - Engineer’s Society
Boothbay, ME - Engineer’s Society: Put Yourself at the Throttle!

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to operate a steam locomotive! Have you dreamed of putting your hand on the throttle of an authentic steam locomotive? The Boothbay Railway Village is announcing a brand new experience called the Engineer’s Society which allows guests to do just that!

Work directly with our Chief Engineer, learning one on one about the operation of the steam locomotive. Your ground course will cover basic railroad and steam locomotive safety, as well as basic steam locomotive theory and operation.

Following the instruction, each student climbs aboard and operates one of the Museum’s Henschel steam locomotives under the direct and constant supervision of our Chief Engineer for approximately thirty minutes. Your family is encouraged to take pictures as you approach the station “at the throttle!”

Info: URL: https://railwayvillage.org/events/engineers-society/ (Added: 26-Jan-2018)
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Maine - Boothbay Railway Village - Steam School
Boothbay, ME - Steam School

The Boothbay Railway Village occasionally conducts a two-day course, generally on the third weekend in October, on the operation and theory of the coal-fired steam locomotive. Included in this unique experience is the opportunity to participate in “hands-on” training with the Museum’s vintage locomotives under the supervision of qualified Museum staff.

The course is open to both novices and those who already have some experience or knowledge of steam locomotives.

The class format is a one-day classroom session of theory and understanding, followed by a day of actual locomotive operation. This is a rare and exciting opportunity for those interested in steam engines and steam railroading.

Info: URL: https://railwayvillage.org/events/engineers-society/ (Added: 26-Jan-2018)
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Maine - Seashore Trolley Museum - Be a Motorman
Kennebunkport, ME - The Be A Motorman Program at the Seashore Trolley Museum provides the opportunity for you to operate a real antique streetcar. After a brief overview of how a streetcar works and how to operate it, one of our instructors will guide you as you operate a streetcar out on our two-mile rail line. The money raised is used to maintain our streetcar collection.

Your immediate family is invited to be with you as memories are created that will last a lifetime.

Info: URL: https://trolleymuseum.org/visit/be-a-motorman-program/ (Added: 8-Feb-2006)
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Maryland - Western Maryland Scenic Railway
Cumberland, MD - Hands on the Throttle

Enjoy a unique opportunity to operate a piece of history! Handle a locomotive with one of our experienced engineers.

Every Saturday throughout the months of May – August at 9:00am (Diesel Only)
Every Sunday throughout the months of May – September at 9:00am (Diesel Only)

Info: URL: https://www.wmsr.com/ (Added: 27-Jan-2018)
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Nevada - Nevada Northern Railway Museum
Ely, NV - The Nevada Northern Railway Museum is one of the few places in the world where you can get your hands on the throttle of either a steam or diesel locomotive. And what makes the Nevada Northern truly unique is the very rare opportunity to take the locomotive out onto the mainline!
Info: URL: http://www.nnry.com/pages/engineer.php (Added: 8-Feb-2006)
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New Hampshire - J.E. Henry Railway at Loon Mountain
Lincoln, NH - J.E. Henry Railway at Loon Mountain

Learn to Operate the Steam-Powered J.E. Henry Railway at Loon Mountain If you've ever dreamed of conducting a steam locomotive, then Loon's Guest Engineer Program was made for you.

The Guest Engineer Program gives train enthusiasts a chance to learn all about Loon's German-built 0-4-0T engine, which runs along the resort's J.E. Henry Railroad. The railroad, which shuttles skiers and snowboarders 600-feet between its two main base lodges every winter, harkens back to the narrow-gauge logging trains that ran through New Hampshire's White Mountains more than a century ago. Originally built to burn coal, the engine was retrofitted to burn wood when it came to Loon in the 1970s.

Info: URL: http://www.loonmtn.com/experience/summer-activities/guest-train-engineer (Added: 26-Jan-2018)
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New Hampshire - White Mountain Central
Lincoln, NH - Train Engineer for a Day

This is your chance to be a “Train Engineer for a Day!”

You will participate with our friendly engineers in the Loco Cab in all aspects except actually running the passenger train.

You will be allowed to ring the bell. blow the whistle, stoke the fire and other activities.

Info: URL: http://whitemountaincentralrr.com/visit-planning/be-the-train-engineer-for-a-day/ (Added: 27-Jan-2018)
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New Mexico - Cumbres and Toltec Railroad - Engineer School
Chama, NM - The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is proud to announce the continuation of the Fireman and Engineer Steam School Classes.

C&TSRR Steam School Fireman Class will be available to first-time students with a strong emphasis on actual “firing” of a K-36 Baldwin locomotive. Classroom textbooks, C & T S rule book, and Timetable will be furnished in advance to all students and requirements will include testing of material in the classroom on day one.

C&TSRR Engineer Steam School Class will be available for “returning” students who previously took the Fireman Class. Students will be sent course material in advance, including textbook(s) on How a Steam Locomotive Works and Operates. Emphasis will be on expanded throttle time, brakes, setting valves, injectors, lubricators, lights, and repairs and maintenance, along with specific studies relative to use of the AIR on the locomotive and much more. Homework will be required and testing will take place in the classroom on day one.

Info: URL: http://cumbrestoltec.com/engineer-fireman-school/ (Added: 26-Jan-2018)
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