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Locomotive pulling into station in East Ely, Nevada.
Locomotive pulling into station in East Ely, Nevada.

All Aboard!

Railroad Engineer: The Ultimate Experience

Tour Dates: October 14 – 17, 2020
From $2195.00 (USD) Double Occupancy
4 Day tour, 4 Meals included

Yes! You are the Engineer. One hand on the throttle, the other hand on the whistle. 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. This is the train program discussed in the CBS hit, The Big Bang Theory!

  • 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 – Las Vegas – Ely, NV
Arrive in Las Vegas by 1:00 p.m. You will be met at the airport and taken to Ely Nevada. You will meet your guides and engineer partners at an informational dinner to go over details of your Ultimate Experience. Not recommended for those with mobility or medical difficulties. You must be able to climb in and out of locomotives without assistance; do considerable walking in rail yard on uneven surface and may experience high temperatures inside locomotives. Participants must possess valid drivers’ license, be 18 years of age or older and must read Nevada Northern Railway Train Service Rule Book which you will be provided and pass an open-book exam based on it. Please check with Leisure West Tours if you have questions regarding your ability to do any portion of this experience.Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada. (D)

Day 2 – Train Engineer Experience and local sight-seeing
This morning it’s time to arrive at the Depot and review the rules of the railroad in preparation for the open book exam you’ll be required to pass to qualify for the engineer experience at the Nevada Northern Railway. We’ll divide into groups which will allow some railroaders to take part in the Ultimate Experience in the morning, and the second group can participate in the Ultimate Experience that afternoon. Everyone who qualifies will have the opportunity to drive either a steam or diesel locomotive. The other part of the day will be spent in the rail yards, on speeder cars or touring historic rail/mining towns of Ely, McGill, and the surrounding area. Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada. (B, L)

Day 3 – Train Engineer Experience and local sight-seeing
Today, we’ll continue the Ultimate Experience. If you were behind the controls of a steam train the previous day, you’ll have the chance to drive the diesel today. If you drove the diesel on the previous day, you’ll be in the engineer’s seat of the steam locomotive today. The remainder of the day will be spent in the rail yards, on speeder cars or visiting historic McGill and Ely. Dinner is included tonight. Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Ely – Las Vegas
Transportation to Las Vegas Airport for the return trip home from your Ultimate Experience. Please make flight reservations to depart Las Vegas after 3:30 p.m. (B)

Double Occupancy: $2190 (USD)
Single Occupancy: $2490 (USD)

-Three nights Prospector Hotel in Ely, Nevada
-Two half day train experiences, including engineering both a steam and diesel locomotive, operating a speeder car, throwing track switches and rail yard tour
-Two half days of local sight-seeing
-Transportation from Las Vegas to Ely and return
-7 meals

Pricing available for non-train engineer participants who are accompanying engineer participants. Call 303-659-4858 for special pricing.

Fully refundable if cancelled 46 days prior to departure; non-refundable after 46 days prior to departure. To participate in the Engineer Experience you must have a valid drivers license, be 18 years of age or over, be able to climb on and off the locomotives unassisted and pass an open-book exam on the rules of the railroad.

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