Railtown 1897’s Crew for a Day program is a unique one that allows you to get up close and personal with the steam engine, as well as gives you one-on-one opportunities to ask questions and learn from the knowledgeable volunteers and staff who maintain the locomotives. This educational and hands-on experience will have you greasing the locomotive, wiping down rods and the tender, opening valves and taking water at the iconic water tower featured in the 1960’s series “Petticoat Junction.”
You will learn from the Conductor about hand signals, throwing switches and performing air tests. Enjoy a cab ride while blowing the whistle and ringing the bell. You will be on alert, looking for fires, as part of the Fire Patrol and ride along in a speeder car. End your exciting day with a leisurely ride on the train as a passenger, or enjoy a roundhouse tour. Followed by a professional photographer, your day will be documented for you to share with your friends. Wrap up your day with a ride as a passenger on the train, or take a guided tour of the park. Show off your dirt and brag about your unforgettable experience.
Your program includes an Engine Crew for a Day certificate and your photograph taken with the members of your train crew. A professional photographer will be taking photos during the event and you will be provided one (1) flash drive with up to 25 photos of your experience.
Cost is $500 for a party of one, $750 for a party of two. Advanced reservation is required. Only available on Saturdays during regular operating season (April-October). Two (2) people maximum per day. A $300.00 deposit is due upon reservation and is refundable up to 2 weeks prior to event date. The balance is due on day of event. No full or partial refunds are offered for missed activities or latecomers.
For more information, or to book your Crew for a Day program, call 209-984-4408.