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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

North Carolina - N.C. Transportation Museum
Spencer, NC - At the Throttle: Steam allows you to climb into the cab and operate an authentic steam locomotive, rolling down the tracks at the N.C. Transportation Museum and historic Spencer Shops.

No previous locomotive experience is required. The program is a unique opportunity for rail fans to live their dream of running a steam engine, taking a trip back in time to the golden age of railroading.

A qualified engineer will be in the cab at all times, but participants will enjoy a full half hour operating the engine (following a safety orientation), take home a certificate and a souvenir hat.

A diesel version of the program is also available, see their website for details.

Info: URL: http://www.nctrans.org/Special-Programs---Tours/Steam.aspx (Added: 27-Jan-2018)
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Oregon - Sumpter Valley RR Engineer for a Day
Sumpter, OR - This is your opportunity to have your hand on the throttle and learn to operate a vintage steam locomotive! The Sumpter Valley Railroad's Engineer for a Day program allows you to actually operate one of two historic narrow gauge steam locomotives under the supervision of a qualified Sumpter Valley engine crew.

Participants will learn how to maintain and operate a locomotive, take on water and switch in the McEwen yards, make up a full freight train, complete with caboose, and head out onto the main line. The Engineer for a Day program makes for a full and unique experience you won't be able to find anywhere else! And remember, it also makes a great gift for that special someone who thought they'd done everything.

Info: URL: http://sumptervalleyrailroad.org/locomotive-rentals.html (Added: 8-Dec-2006)
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Poland - The Wolsztyn Experience - Rannoch Adventures Ed Pick
Poland - The ULTIMATE steam locomotive engineer program. Nothing else like it in the world!

Ever wondered what its like to drive a steam train? Working out of Wolsztyn, Poland, The Wolsztyn Experience offers steam foot plating holidays on scheduled passenger services in Poland. This provides a unique opportunity for enthusiasts from all over the world to experience steam loco operations on fast scheduled services and to learn what its like driving and firing from the most experienced crews in the Europe. If you have ever dreamt that one day you could drive a steam train this may be the closest you ever get. Over 2000 enthusiasts have taken part in our footplate courses over the last 11 years, why not join them and keep steam in Poland?

Info: URL: http://www.thewolsztynexperience.org/ (Added: 8-Feb-2006)
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Switzerland - Rhätische Bahn Footplate Rides
Footplate rides – Riding up-front
It's what every railway enthusiast dreams of: Journey beside the driver in the cab of an RhB locomotive through the Albula Valley or along the Bernina Line, the highest railway line in the Alps. Not only do you have a front-row seat – there's also a certificate and snapshots to remember the journey by.

Over 100 years ago, the railway pioneers built the Albula and Bernina lines through the impassable mountain terrain of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Today, these two railway lines are still among the most spectacular experiences available on rails – not least thanks to the many attractions: the Solis and Landwasser Viaducts, helical tunnels between Bergün and Preda, Ospizio Bernina, Alp Grüm and the Brusio Circular Viaduct.

Info: URL: https://www.rhb.ch/en/world-of-railway-experiences/footplate-rides (Added: 18-Feb-2014)
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Texas - Hermann Park Railroad
Houston, TX - Engineer For a Day Get a behind-the-scenes experience as you join the Railroad staff for an exciting day of activities including: working alongside the team as they do the safety checks and morning activities in the maintenance barn; taking a private train ride as the initial test run is made; working in Kinder Station taking tickets, greeting visitors and helping them to their seats; and riding the locomotive, blowing the whistle, and ringing the bell. All participants will receive an engineer's cap, bandana, train whistle, name badge, and certificate.

The Hermann Park Railroad takes a two-mile, 18 minute journey around Hermann Park. The train departs from Kinder Station every 25 - 30 minutes.

Note that this is a park train, featuring a Chance C.P. Huntington train.

Info: URL: http://www.hermannpark.org/visit/train-pedal-boats/ (Added: 7-Nov-2016)
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United Kingdom - Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway
A Driver Experience Course with one of our steam or heritage diesel locomotives makes a great gift for someone special! Why not buy one for someone special, perhaps as a celebratory gift for Dad – or Mum?

Our courses are held on Saturdays, from April to the end of October each year. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that is right for you – or for that someone who is rather special!

Info: URL: http://www.chinnorrailway.co.uk/article.php/83/driver-experiences/e0b7a4c793b0f2bdd6200a0d5fbd1279 (Added: 25-Oct-2016)
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United Kingdom - East Lancashire Railway - Footplate Experience Days
TAKE THE CHALLENGE TO LIVE A CHILDHOOD DREAM... It’s a picture straight from the golden age of British Industry. Hard working drivers and firemen climbing into the embrace of a roaring locomotive, bathed in the welcoming glow of an open firebox or basking in the inimitable noise and atmosphere of a softly growling diesel. Perhaps you believe such powerful experiences have been resigned to history... ...but this could be you!
Info: URL: http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/packages-experiences/drive-a-train.aspx (Added: 3-May-2012)
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United Kingdom - Exbury Gardens Steam Railway
The Exbury Steam Railway was opened in Summer 2001, and extends along a challenging 1 ¼ mile track with bends and gradients to negotiate. The engines are coal-fired steam and the track 12 ¼’’ gauge. Whilst concentrating on acquiring driving skills, you will also have time to take in the scenery on this most picturesque of railways. You will drive the engine over a bridge, through a tunnel & across a pond in the Summer Lane Garden, a summer flowering garden planted with huge swathes of herbaceous perennials; drive along the top of the Rock Garden (the largest in Europe) & across a viaduct to Exbury North Halt in the American Garden before heading back to Exbury Central.
Info: URL: http://exburycouk.14-1.a01.co.uk/ (Added: 28-Oct-2010)
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United Kingdom - Footplate Days and Ways
United Kingdom - Steam Locomotive - Footplate Days and Ways Instruction Courses. The courses on offer are structured to provide not only footplate firing and driving experience, but also an intoduction to the theory of steam locomotive design and operation.
Info: URL: http://www.steamway.dircon.co.uk/footplate.html (Added: 10-Sep-1999)
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United Kingdom - Great Central Railway Driver Experience
United Kingdom - At the Great Central Railway budding drivers can get behind the controls and for a few hours, or even a day, enjoy the thrill of driving a giant express passenger or freight engine on Britain's only main line steam railway. As the only place in this country where you can drive a steam locomotive on a main line, this is truly the experience of a lifetime.
Info: URL: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/oshop/shop/driver-experience-packages/ (Added: 28-Feb-2002)
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