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2013 Locomotive Experience

Have you ever dreamed of operating a locomotive? Wondered how a diesel-electric locomotive operates? Do you think you have what it takes to be a locomotive engineer? If so, the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum is offering The Locomotive Experience on select dates during the 2013 Season. >> Buy Tickets

This day-long session will feature classroom instruction and hands-on training that will give participants their chance to experience how locomotive engineers are trained and what skills they must possess to operate a 120- ton locomotive. The course will culminate with participants operating our 1953 EMD SW-8 #8619 in our rail yard. The Locomotive Experience makes for a full and unique experience you won’t be able to find anywhere else! This also makes a great gift for that special someone who thought they’d done everything!

TO PARTICPARE, YOU MUST MEET THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
Participants must be 18 years of age or older, hold a valid driver’s license in your state or country of residence, and be physically able to climb into the cab of the locomotive and walk around the rail yard on un-even surfaces.

PROGRAM OUTLINE:
Partcipants will report for duty at Lenox Station at 9:30am. All participants will take part in a classroom instruction session, where you will review safety rules and basic operating rules, culminating in a simple quiz. You will also be instructed in the basics of locomotive mechanical, electrical, and air-brake systems. You will also be instructed in Federal Railroad Administration regulations as they pertain to locomotive operation.

After the classroom session, there will be a half-hour break for lunch. All participants are responsible for their own lunches. Beverages are available.

Following lunch will be the hands-on session with the locomotive. All participants will perform a daily inspection, pre-start inspections and tests. Participants will be instructed on how to start the locomotive and perform post-start inspections and tests. After you perform air-brake tests and fill-out all required paperwork, the instructor will demonstrate the operation of the locomotive, and then will supervise as each participant operates the locomotive in the yard. The instructor and a brakeman will demonstrate coupling to a coach, and then will supervise as each participant performs the move. If time permits, Instructor oversees each participant operating the locomotive with a coach.

REQUIRED OF ALL PARTICIPANTS:
You must be dressed in “work clothes” which can be jeans, cover-alls, over-alls, etc. You must be wearing work boots with ankle support. Sneakers, sandals, loafers, flip-flops, etc. are unacceptable. You will need a pair of leather work gloves. You will be handling various parts of the locomotive and should be prepared to get greasy and dirty!

PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE:
A current copy of BSRM Safety Rules. These will be e-mailed to you as a PDF document about one week prior to your session. You will also receive an “Honorary Engineer” certificate suitable for framing upon completion of the program. All participants will get a photo opportunity with the locomotive and you in the Engineer’s seat.

PROGRAM DETAILS:
Each session is limited to four (4) students. You must register and reserve your seat in the program for a select date. The cost to participate is $200 with a non-refundable $25 deposit to reserve your seat. All proceeds from “The Locomotive Experience” help restore, maintain and preserve our vintage fleet of railroad equipment.

Click here to check available dates and register for the program.

Please call 413-637-2210 for more information.

 

 

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