Engineer -For -An -Hour


Run a Diesel Locomotive!

on a real railroad!
NOT A TOY! This is the real deal!

Please check the Museum's on-line calendar for available dates and times.

The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum is again pleased to offer its popular "Engineer-for-an-Hour" program at its Campo, California living-history and train-operation center, 50 miles east of downtown San Diego.

This unique program allows participants young and old to experience the thrill of being in command of a powerful railroad locomotive. Feel the surge as you open the throttle. Bring it to an easy stop with the air brake. Sound the horn and bell in the time-honored fashion. A qualified Museum engineer will provide basic instruction in the operation of the locomotive and its controls.

Engineer for an Hour will be offered on the dates below. Please click on the date to place your reservation.

Time slots on each day are available for:

12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM

A perfect choice
for that hard-to-please guy or gal, or the frustrated locomotive engineer in the family. A truly unique gift! Be sure to bring your camera to preserve the moment.

One hour at the throttle:
Non-Museum Member 
  • $175
  • Museum Member 
  • $150
  • (Not a member? Join now!)

    Includes signed certificate of completion, suitable for framing. One "Individual" Museum membership will be included in the fee for each non-member participant.

    The Fine Print:

    • Minimum age 16, to operate locomotive
    • Maximum of three participants may share an operating session (up to two permitted in locomotive cab during session, including participant)
    • Closed-toe shoes required (no high heels, sandals)
    • Instructing engineer has final authority on fitness and conduct of all participants, and all matters involving locomotive operation
    • Museum reserves the right to substitute locomotives as necessary
    • Dates/times may vary due to circumstances beyond PSRMA's control. Participants will be notified

    This page last updated 06/16/2014 at 2100 PDT