Learn to Drive a Steam Train
Learn How To Drive A Steam Train In Essex
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Put your Hand on the Throttle and Learn to Drive a Train! This once in a lifetime experience is your chance to operate a full-size Steam Locomotive on Connecticut’s beautiful Valley Railroad.
This unique experience begins with instruction on safety aspects, basic locomotive theory and operation. Following instruction, you will join a member of the crew, climb onto the majestic 4-6-4 Steam Engine and embark on a one hour journey as a Railroad Conductor.
As you depart from the Valley Railroad Station, your hand will be on the throttle as you travel past some of the most beautiful scenery and landscapes the Connecticut River Valley has to offer. Under direct supervision, you will learn how to operate and control your speeds as you marvel at the power of one of the most important and influential inventions in history. This Learn to Drive a Steam Train experience in Essex, Connecticut provides you with the opportunity of turning your dreams of driving a train, into reality.
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ITEM/SKU NUMBER 02GO38000B
Xperience Certificates cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.
Better experience than I expected. The Engineer was very patient, explained everything clearly. Excellent Instructor. The Fireman was also great. Will recommend this to my friends.
- Robert Radecki - Sussex, CT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Absolutely Fabulous! Brian, Eric, David were very nice local people to work with. It truly was a dream come true for me and the best present ever. All my friends and relatives were shocked, surprised and later just as excited as I to watch my experience on video.
- Helen Ryan - Essex, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Ready to do it again! Was a great ride, people were great! You control a 150 ton locomotive, get to feel the rush of all that steam power moving one big machine!
- Jeffrey Kier - Ewan NJ, Thursday, April 26, 2012
This was an excellent experience. I will highly recommend it to others interested in steam railroads.
- Alfred H. Brand - Kew Gardens NY, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
One of the best times I've ever had had....can't wait to do it again!
- Brian McKeen - Hanson, MA, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
It was terrific!!! I took the class at noon on April 20th and rode the train at 4 PM. While everyone was very friendly and behaved like they really enjoyed their job, I would like to call specific attention to the crew on the train. They were very friendly and eager to share their knowledge about railroading. They made you feel right at home and put you at ease. Their attitude was that they were happy I was there and eager to share railroading with me. I would recommend it to anyone interested in trains!!!
- Keith J. Nevrincean - New Jersey, Monday, April 23, 2012
'The Hands on the Throttle' Train Exp.Day was awsome. It was a dream of a life time for me. The crew and instructors were very good and patient with all of us. It was worth the drive to Essex to see and drive a real Steam Locamotive,what an Awsome piece of machinery. Thanks again for the RIDE!! PS:Special thanks to my Spousal Equivalent and her 2 Daughters for making all of this possible for me.
- Roger Chagnon - Lyman, ME, Thursday, April 19, 2012
WOW - what an exciting and exhilarating experience! Getting the chance to start, run and stop a steam locomotive was awesome. Feeling the engine rumble and sway along the track, smelling the coal smoke and swirling steam, and of course, blowing the whistle for grade crossings and kids (seeing them smile and wave to me was pure pleasure!) on this 8 mile trip are some of the sensations and images I'll always treasure. The instructors and engine crew were truly professional, very patient and answered all my questions about operating the locomotive. I tip my engineer's cap to them. Thank you to the Valley Railroad, Xperiencedays.com, and especially my family, for this wonderful gift. Now, it's your turn. The engine and crew are waiting for you. GO!
- Armand - Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I got thIs as a birthday present and I was amazing, he loved every minute of this experience.
- Nathan - Thompson, Tuesday, April 17, 2012
As a life-long lover of anything having to do with railroads and especially steam locomotives, this was the experience of a lifetime.
- HAL MARSHALL - LAKE LOTAWANA MO, Tuesday, November 08, 2011
The experience was fabulous. The folks at Valley Railroad are enthusiastic about sharing their love of steam trains and making the event everything it was advertised to be. I'll likely do it again and one of my friends is ready to sign up as well.
- Ray James - Williamsburg, VA, Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Driving the steam train in Essex was a wonderful experience. Moving 80 tons of metal was the thrill of a lifetime. More importantly, I have made a small contribution to railroad preservation.
- John Sharkey - Essex CT, Sunday, April 17, 2011
For a few hours last Friday, I became a little boy again, driving a steam locomotive along the Connecticut River Valley. It was a dream I have had for over fifty years since I was just a kid playing with my electric trains at Christmas. Words cannot describe the thrill!
- Ken Buettner - Essex, CT, Monday, April 04, 2011
What a wonderful adventure! The crew and staff could not have been better. I was at the throttle for #97, a 2-8-0 Consolidation. Now I have one up on my other train friends - I have actually driven a steam locomotive!
- Danny Seymour - Howell, NJ, Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Fantastic, great bunch of people. Lots of fun, one of the best experiences I have ever had.
- Michael Lux - Warren NJ, Monday, April 26, 2010
Fantastic, start to finish! I'll be back with friends!
- Peter - New Hampshire, Wednesday, November 04, 2009
This experience exceeded my expectations. The classroom activities covered all the principles of operation of all the major components of the steam engine. It was well presented utilizing a real engine and models with plenty of time allocated to questions. It is amazing technology for the time. Once on the engine, the engineer and fireman did a fantastic job giving me the guidance to actually operate this amazing machine myself. I highly recommend this experience.
- Ray Marino - Bridgewater, NJ, Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Outstanding adventure. Great people at the Essex Valley RR drove a 282 consolidation steam engine, apretty big engine. Class was first then drove the train for 1 hour through Conn. Valley along the river. Absolutely terrific day. I'm going to do it again. The RR is a living museum of stores, repair shops and yards.
- David Robertson - Mt Sinai NY, Tuesday, April 21, 2009
One of the great moments in my life time.
Instructors were very helpful and considerate of our needs to learn a lot in a very short period of time. The engineer and fireman did a great job in making me comfortable at the trottle! I will return soon to do this again! Thanks again!
- Arthur Tuttle - East Lyme, Wednesday, December 31, 2008
My siblings and I purchased this for our Dad's milestone birthday. He had an absolutly amazing time. The faces on the 4 engineers we saw, including Dad's, after their time at the throttle were priceless...like a young boy Christmas morning. I would highly recommend this once in a life time adventure for any steam train buff. Must be at least 18. Just be sure to reserve in advance as this expereince is limited and always sells out. The staff at the Essex Steam Railroad Museum were great and provided everything needed (release, train manual, etc.) well in advance. Again, I highly recommend this adventure!!
- Rebecca Pervere - New Hampshire, Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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