Be the Engineer - Your Hand on the Throttle
Yes, you can drive a steam locomotive. Sign on as a Nevada Northern Railway engineer for your own trip "Up the hill" through Robinson Canyon toward the old Ruth Mining District. You (and a friend, if you like) will climb on board and experience what railroading was like in the last century - at the throttle of one of the original Nevada Northern STEAM locomotives.
What to Expect
You begin your engineer experience by studying the safety training materials that our regular and volunteer crews learn.
When you pass the basic test, you head down to the century-old Enginehouse and help prepare your locomotive for the day.
Climb into the cab, and learn how to operate the iron horse. Your mentor engineer will show you the ropes as we move the locomotive out of the engine house, through the yard, and out onto the original NNRY mainline.
It's then your turn! Climb up into the engineer's seat and receive personal instructions from your mentor engineer on controlling the throttle and brake. Once the basics are under your belt, the moment comes for you to sound the whistle, have your hand on the throttle, and head up the mainline toward the mines.
There are several options available. You can take control of one of the vintage steam locomotives, or one of the vintage diesel locomotives, or operate both. You can also choose to operate the locomotives with the train or without it. Most people come and take the locomotive out without a train attached. It is an easier way to start, and requires less training.
Frequently Asked Questions
All participants must:
– Be age 18 or older.
– Hold a valid driver’s license in your state or country of residence.
– Sign a liability release form.
– Pass the written test.
– Be physically able to climb into the cab of the locomotive unassisted
Prices and Discounts
The prices displayed are for the Engineer Experience.
That can be one person, or two people sharing the experience.
These prices represent our best estimate for the long-term sustainability of the locomotives, right-of-way, and maintenance facilities. We are an independent non-profit foundation that relies on your continued patronage to sustain the programs here.
A portion of the program cost may be tax deductible. Hover over the prices below to determine the amount that you can speak to your tax advisor about. We will provide a receipt when you purchase an event.
Members receive discounts.
Memberships start at only $30.
No other discounts apply to this experience.
|Be the Engineer Options||Member||Non-Member|
|Steam Locomotive Only - mainline 14 mile round trip||$995||$1,170|
|Steam Locomotive freight train - mainline 14 mile round trip||$2,847||$3,350|
|Ultimate Package - Steam & Diesel - Locomotives Only - 2 trips||$1,696||$1,995|
|Supreme Package - Steam & Diesel - Locomotives with trains - 2 trips||$3,953||$4,650|