Events

SANTA EXPRESS 

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2022 Santa Express

Join us December 17-18 for our annual Christmas event, now featuring a special train ride with Santa himself! Climb aboard our beautifully restored C&O caboose for a visit with Kris Kringle while you take a ride down the tracks. Don't forget to wear your most festive gear and pose for your yearly photo!

Inside the steam shop, we'll be offering a variety of "reindeer games" and activities for children of all ages. Make sure to visit Bam's Petting Zoo and grab a bite to eat at Lib's Smoke Shack. Or, join us early for a special pancake breakfast with Santa! All proceeds go toward the restoration of our facility and C&O 2716.

Children with caboose tickets will receive a special personalized gift during their ride. Caboose tickets are for specific times, so please try to arrive 15 - 20 minutes early. Children 2 and under ride free. Tickets will be very limited so please don't delay, orde
r yours today!

PAST EVENTS

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Be the Engineer

Get behind the throttle for a rare opportunity to operate a real steam engine. You'll get the chance to blow the whistle, run the engine, and shovel coal in the firebox, under the direction of seasoned railroad professionals. One hour includes instruction, throttle time, and safety briefing. Extremely limited tickets available.

Saturday Oct 8 

Make it an event! Bring even more friends and family to ride behind the steam locomotive in the restored C&O Caboose! Up to 10 people can ride ($20 per person)

Engineer Ages 15+ only

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

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STEAMTOBERFEST

Join us for our fall festival, celebrating the season with food and music...and craft beer from Country Boy Brewing! Caboose and steam locomotive cab rides will be offered throughout the day, as you can kick back and relax on our site with a rare opportunity to have a cold one trackside as Jeddo Coal #85 runs short excursions throughout our rail yard. 

Food will be provided by Country Boy Brewing's own mobile kitchen. Our staff will also be on-site to give visitors site tours. This is a family-friendly event, but all those wishing to purchase a fresh brew must provide a valid ID.

Engineer Ages 15+ only

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

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Behind the Scenes Experience

Learn how a steam engine is fired up for a day of work, and get hands-on with the whole process. Also get an in-depth look with our steam expert Jason Sobczynski at what's in store with the restoration of C&O 2716, the engine that started our whole organization. Attendees will get up close and personal with a variety of railroad equipment. 1.5 hours. 

8:30 am Saturday, September 10th

Ages 6 and up*

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

*if accompanied by an adult

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Steam Train Rides

Ride behind a 90-year-old steam locomotive on the second-annual public excursions through our storied railroad campus. Open air seats in historic rail cars will allow you to hear, feel and smell the sounds of old-time steam railroading - and experience what was commonplace in the days of steam railroading. Each ticket guarantees you a seat to ride on a short hop to yesteryear.

Rides run on Saturday, September 10th, and Sunday, September 11th, 2022 only! 40 min

Coach Ticket

$10

Children two and under will not require a ticket; all passenger two and over will require a ticket

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Caboose Rides

Ride behind steam across our 40-acre campus in a completely restored C&O caboose and learn about the history of the rail yard - and what the future holds for our rail-based tourist attraction. Each excursion will include a ride behind Jeddo Coal #85. 

Rides run on Saturday, September 10th, and Sunday, September 11th, 2022 only! 40 min

Have a group of 4-10? Contact us to rent out the engine caboose for one of the excursions. email info@kentuckysteam.org with the subject: caboose rental

Single Ticket

$20

Children two and under will not require a ticket; all passenger two and over will require a ticket

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Ride in the Cab

Ride in the Cab of historic 90-year-old locomotive #85 as we gallop through the Kentucky Steam Campus that was once one of the largest railyards in the region. You'll be one of the lucky few to be in the engine to see how the fire-breathing beast operates. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. Tickets are extremely limited. 40 minutes

10am-6pm, Saturday Sept 10, and Sunday, Sept 11 2022

Ages 8+ only

$50

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

ENGINEER U - SUMMER 2022

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ENGINEER U, 2022

Ever dreamed of being an engineer? Well, here's your chance! Climb aboard our vintage Diesel Locomotive and take the controls! You'll get a quick course on how to throttle up, work the brake and even blow the horn - and perform exciting challenges along the way. This one-and-a-half-hour experience can be a once-in-a-lifetime event for you, or if you choose, your own crew! Packages can be crafted for up to 13 family members and friends. This summer program has limited availability, so don't delay. Act now and get your Engineer U diploma today!

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June 4, 18; July 2, 16, 30; August 13, 27

What's Included*

  • One hour at the controls of KSHC Diesel 1100, originally built at L&N 5000​​. $250

  • Half Hour safety briefing and rules class.

  • Customized "Engineer U" Tee Shirt.

  • A set of skills challenges during your run, including braking accuracy, coupling to cars, etc. Receive a scorecard and see where you stack up against other engineers at the end of the summer. The Engineer U Valedictorian will qualify for a chance to run a steam locomotive later this year

  • Option to bring friends and family (see below)

  • Behind the scenes tour of our facility, including a sneak peek and what's in store for C&O 2716

  • MORE!

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OPTIONS

  • Bring two friends or family to ride with you in the cab as you operate 1100 ($50 each)

  • Get a custom digital pic of you in the cab

  • Opt to get a video of you running the engine (SD card of your experience can be included)

  • Make it an event! Bring even more friends and family to ride behind 1100 in the restored C&O Caboose! Up to 10 people can ride ($25 per person)

  • Behind the scenes tour of our facility, including a sneak peek on what's in store for C&O 2716

  • MORE!

in order to qualify for cab jump seats and caboose tickets, you must first purchase an engineer experience ticket.

*The fine print

  • Engineer U Participants must have a valid US driver's license. 

  • Participants must be physically able to climb up and into a locomotive cab.

  • Caboose is not fully accessible although KSHC members will accommodate those of various physical abilities. 

  • No refunds.

  • Participants must arrive no less than thirty minutes before their scheduled time. 

  • KSHC reserves the right to alter the program, substitute motive power, or cancel in the event of unusual weather events or natural disasters. 

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EASTER BUNNY RAIL HOP
SUN APRIL 10 and SAT APRIL 16, 2022

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Easter Bunny Hop

Take a leisurely ride across our 40-acre campus in a vintage 100-year-old open-air car and learn about the history of the rail yard - and what the future holds for our rail-based tourist attraction. The Easter Bunny will visit everyone during the ride, and a face painting booth will be provided for any and all ages. You never know, there could be some Easter eggs hidden aboard the train! Galloway Farms Food Truck will be on-site for food and refreshments for an additional cost.

A ticket reserves you a seat on the brief excursion hauled by vintage diesel locomotive #1100. Children 2 and under ride free with an adult. 

Palm Sunday, April 10th: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Easter Saturday, April 16th: 10am, 11a,. 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.

Adults over 12 years:

Children 2-12:

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Easter Caboose Hop

Ride in style across our 40-acre campus in a completely restored C&O caboose and learn about the history of the rail yard - and what the future holds for our rail-based tourist attraction. The Easter Bunny will visit everyone during the ride, and a face painting booth will be provided for any and all ages. You never know, there could be some Easter eggs hidden aboard the train! Galloway Farms Food Truck will be on-site for food and refreshments.

A very limited number of seats are available on the caboose during this brief jaunt hauled by vintage diesel locomotive #1100.

Palm Sunday, April 10th: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Easter Saturday, April 16th: 10am, 11a,. 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.

Single Ticket

$25

PREVIOUS EVENT

Children two and under will not require a ticket; all passenger two and over will require a ticket

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Engineer Experience

While the Easter Bunny entertains riders in our train, you'll be at the front of the action, helping power the 1970-built SW-1500 locomotive down the tracks.

Two tickets per trip are offered for riders who want to see what it's like to sit in the cab of a locomotive while it pulls a train - and you can even have a chance to blow the horn. Each ticket is for designated for one person - sorry no lap infants. Accessibility requirements as listed below. 

Palm Sunday, April 10th: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Easter Saturday, April 16th: 10am, 11a,. 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.

Single Ticket

$50

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Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking. Engineer ticket holders can also ride another trip free (non-caboose tickets) with pre-arrangements made with our ticket office.

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Riders from 8 to 18 can purchase a single ticket, but will have to provide a liability waiver signed by a legal guardian on-site. Ages 7 and under must have a ticket and be accompanied by a ticketed adult. 

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Excursions on 126

Ride behind a 90-year-old steam locomotive on the first ever public excursions through our historic railroad campus. Open air seats in our historic rail cars will allow you to hear, feel and smell the sounds of old time steam railroading - and experience what was commonplace in the days of steam railroading. Each ticket guarantees you a seat to ride on a short hop to yesteryear. 

Rides on the half hour, beginning at 10am, Saturday September 11th, 2021. 30 minutes.

Adults over 12 years:

Children 12 and under:

PREVIOUS EVENT

SOLD OUT

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Ride in the Cab

Ride in the Cab of historic 90-year-old locomotive #126 as we gallop though the Kentucky Steam Campus that was once one of the largest railyards in the region. You'll be one of the lucky few to be in the engine to see how the fire-breathing beast operates. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity. Tickets are extremely limited. 30 minutes

10am-6pm, Saturday Sept 11, 2021

Ages 8+ only

SOLD OUT

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

SOLD OUT

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Be the Engineer

Get behind the throttle for a rare opportunity to operate the first steam engine to run in Kentucky since 2017. You'll get the chance to blow the whistle, run the engine and shovel coal in the firebox, under the direction of seasoned railroad professionals. One hour includes instruction, throttle time and safety briefing. Extremely limited tickets

10am-4pm, Sunday Sept 12, 2021. 

Ages 15+ only

SOLD OUT

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

SOLD OUT

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Behind The Scenes Breakfast

Learn how a steam engine is fired up for a day of work, and get hands-on with the whole process. Also get an in-depth look with our steam expert Jason Sobczynski at what's in store with the restoration of C&O 2716, the engine that started our whole organization. Attendees will receive a continental style breakfast and will get up close and personal with a variety of railroad equipment. 2 hours. 

9am, Sunday September 12th, 2021

Ages 8 and up*

SOLD OUT

Please note: accessibility to the locomotive will be through a step ladder or similar device. Riders will be required to wear eye protection. Those with questions about accessibility can contact info@kentuckysteam.org before booking 

SOLD OUT

*if accompanied by an adult

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