Railroad Engineer: The Ultimate Experience
Drive the Train with Your Hand on the Throttle, Ring the Bell and Blow the Whistle.

Tour Dates: October 14 - 18, 2017
From $1995.00 (USD) Double Occupancy
5 Day Tour

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I want to drive the train
Pull down the brim of your engineer’s cap as you take the controls of real railroad locomotives. Feel the heat of the coal-banked fire and watch the steam fill the sky from behind the throttle of a historic 19th century locomotive.

At the controls of the diesel locomotive, the sounds of steel-on-steel ring out as you ride the rails of America’s best preserved short-line railroad.  With two toots of the whistle, bell ringing and cylinder cocks open, you begin your Engineer Experience. 
The Nevada Northern is featured on History Channel’s smash hit “American Restoration,” and draws visitors from around the world who travel to witness and photograph these iron jewels from the golden era of railroading in all their gear-grinding glory.
This isn’t a museum where ropes separate you from the exhibits, this is an experience that surrounds you with the sights and sounds of America’s rich railroad history. You’ll go behind the scenes of the rail yard and the Nevada Northern shops where the original tools still keep these behemoths running the rails.  This in-depth railroad experience also includes operating speeder cars, giving hand signals and throwing the track switches.
If you would like to punch a ticket for one of our guaranteed departure dates, we welcome you to contact us and climb aboard for the ULTIMATE RAILROAD ENGINEER EXPERIENCE.

  • Be the engineer of a real coal-fired steam locomotive
  • Drive a diesel locomotive
  • Drive a railroad speeder car
  • Tour of the railroad yard including all of the shops
  • Guided tour of Ely and McGill
Your Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Alamo NV
Arrive in Las Vegas McCarran Airport by 2 pm or Windmill Ridge Inn at Alamo NV by 4 pm. Meet the Tour Director and your engineer partners at an informational meeting to go over the details of your adventure. Overnight Windmill Ridge, Alamo NV or similar. (D)
Day 2 Ely NV
Travel from Alamo to Ely where your railroad experience will take place. Enroute we will visit Cathedral Gorge State park for a hike through this unique area.Lunch is at a Basque restaurant on the border of Utah and Nevada. Overnight Prospector Hotel or similar. (B L)
Day 3 Drive the Train
We start with an introduction to the railroad, it's rule book and safety instructions for your Engineer Experience. An open book exam will be given and then it is onto the rail yard.  Everyone will be split into groups with part of the group enjoying the railroad experience in the morning and part of the group enjoy the railroad experience in the afternoon. The other part of the day will be spent doing a tour of historic Ely, McGill and the surrounding area. Everyone who qualifies will get to drive either a steam or diesel locomotive today. Overnight Prospector Hotel or similar. (B L)
Day 4 Drive the Train
This day you get to continue your railroad experience. If you drove the steam train on the day before you will get to drive the diesel today. If you drove the diesel on the previous day it will be your turn to drive the steam locomotive today. The remainder of the day will be spent touring Ely, the Historic Renaissance Village and surronding area. Overnight Prospector Hotel or similar. (B L)
Day 5 Return Home
Today we will return to Alamo and McCarran Airport Las Vegas by 1 pm for your return trip home. (B)

Cost Per Person:
Double Occupancy    $1995
Single Occupancy      $2495

Price includes: Motorcoach transportation from Las Vegas to Ely and return to Las Vegas, four nights hotel accommodations, meals as indicated above.The Railroad Experience includes operating steam and diesel locomotives, railyard tour, operating speeder cars, admission to sightseeing attractions, and tour director. Does not include transportationfrom home city to Las Vegas or return.

This program is not recommended for those with mobility or medical difficulties.Participants must be able to climb in and out of the locomotives without assistance; considerable walking in railyard on uneven surfaces; may experience high temperatures inside locomotives. Participants must possess a valid drivers license and must read the provided Nevada Northern Train Service Rule Book and must pass an open book exam based on the rule book.

Terms and Conditions
A deposit of $500 is required with registration. Deposit is nonrefundable 46 days prior to departure. Final payment is due no later than 45 days prior to departure. No refunds can be made after 45 days prior to departure. Optional Travel Protection Insurance is available and recommended.

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