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. 

The Learn to Drive a Steam Train Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. There will be additional participants during the instruction period of the experience.

This experience is not suitable for guests.

Connecticut, Essex

The Learn to Drive a Steam Train is offered on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April and November, subject to availability. Lessons begin at 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

The Drive a Steam Train Lesson includes an instruction period plus one hour of driving the train and has a total duration of approximately 3½ hours.

The Drive a Steam Train may be cancelled by the Conductor in the case of severe weather.

What to wear
Dress comfortably, in casual attire. Closed-toe rubber-soled shoes and socks are required.

Additional Information
Participants must be atleast 18 years of age. Only one participant will be allowed on the locomotive with the train conductor at a time. Guests are not permitted onboard the train.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form.


Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Learn to Drive a Steam Train Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

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