Ultimate Railfan Experience - Be the Engineer!

From USD $2,769.00
  • Duration: 6 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Ely, NV
  • Product code: TAP-459
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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. 


Highlights include:

  • Be the Engineer of a real Coal-fired Steam Locomotive
  • Drive a Diesel Locomotive
  • Drive a Railroad Speeder Car
  • Tour the Railroad Yard including all of the shops
  • Cathedral Gorge State Park
  • Guided Tour of Historic Ely and McGill
  • Blow the Whistle, Ring the Bell and Throw the Track Switches



Day 1 - Home - Las Vegas NV

Depart from your home, and travel to Las Vegas. Upon arrival, transportation will bring you to your hotel, where you can enjoy the evening. Your are free to spend this time to explore the city and its many attractions and dining establishments

Day 2 - Las Vegas - Alamo NV
Return to the airport before 2pm, to meet other passengers on this amazing journey. You will be met by your host at the airport and taken to Windmill Ridge in Alamo for the evening. 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; will do considerable walking in rail yard on uneven surface and may experience high temperatures inside locomotives.  Please check with Leisure West Tours if you have questions regarding your ability to do any portion of this experience. 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. Windmill Ridge, Alamo, Nevada. (D) 

Day 3 - Alamo - Ely  
We’ll travel to Ely where your railroad engineer experience awaits.  Enroute we will travel through amazing Nevada scenery with a stop at Cathedral Gorge State Park and then lunch. After checking into the hotel in Ely, we’ll do some sightseeing around town. Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada.. (B, L)

Day 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - 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)



One Night Las Vegas Hotel

One night Windmill Inn, Alamo, Nevada
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
8 meals
NOTE: Pricing available for non-train engineer participants who are accompanying engineer participants.