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Sat, May 11


Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp.

Steam Engineer U

Experience the thrill of being an engineer as you take the reins of a real steam locomotive during our exclusive "Be the Engineer" event.

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Steam Engineer U
Steam Engineer U

Time & Location

May 11, 2024, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp., 499 Kirkland Ave, Irvine, KY 40336, USA

About the event

Experience the thrill of being an engineer as you take the reins of a real steam locomotive during our exclusive "Be the Engineer" event. This rare opportunity allows you to immerse yourself in the world of steam railroading like never before. Under the guidance of seasoned railroad professionals, you'll have the chance to blow the whistle, operate the engine, and shovel coal in the firebox.

Join us for this unforgettable adventure. Please note that this experience is exclusively for individuals aged 18 and above, ensuring a safe and engaging environment for all participants.

During the one-hour session, you'll receive comprehensive instruction, including a safety briefing, to ensure you're well-prepared for your time as an engineer. With a minimal number of tickets available, this intimate experience guarantees a personalized and hands-on encounter with the steam locomotive.

The star of the show is the renowned Jeddo Coal #85 steam engine. Step into the engineer's seat and the fireman's seat as you alternate positions with your partner throughout the session. This unique arrangement allows both individuals to fully immerse themselves in the various responsibilities of operating the locomotive.

Act swiftly to secure your spot for this limited-time event. Be part of history and fulfill your dreams of becoming a steam locomotive engineer. Book your tickets now and embark on an unforgettable journey into the world of steam railroading.

This summer program has limited availability, so don't delay.

Note: You must arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled run. A safety briefing will take place before your run time to maximize the time you have to operate the engine.

What's Included*

  • "Steam Engineer U" Tee Shirt.
  • Option to bring friends and family (see below)
  • Learn both the fireman's job, and be the engineer (30 minutes in each seat)
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of our facility, including a sneak peek at what's in store for C&O 2716


  • Make it an event! Bring even more friends and family to ride behind the steam engine in the restored C&O Caboose! Up to 10 people can ride ($25 per person)
  • Get your engineer experience recorded so you can rewatch your time running a steam engine. Inquire at the merchandise tent on the day of the event. ($25)

Ages 18+ only - Must have a valid Drivers License

Please be aware that accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will also be required to wear eye protection for their safety. Long pants (jeans preferred) & close-toed shoes must be worn (no Crocs or sandals). If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility, feel free to reach out to us at before booking your tickets.

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