Learn to Operate the Steam-Powered J.E. Henry Railway at Loon Mountain
If you've ever dreamed of conducting a steam locomotive, then Loon's Guest Engineer Program was made for you.
The Guest Engineer Program gives train enthusiasts a chance to learn all about Loon's German-built 0-4-0T engine, which runs along the resort's J.E. Henry Railroad. The railroad, which shuttles skiers and snowboarders 600-feet between its two main base lodges every winter, harkens back to the narrow-gauge logging trains that ran through New Hampshire's White Mountains more than a century ago. Originally built to burn coal, the engine was retrofitted to burn wood when it came to Loon in the 1970s.
The program will be offered only on select dates, and each session is open to a maximum of five participants. Each session will run approximately six hours and include:
- A primer on the basics of steam operation
- Safety procedures
- A brief history of Loon's locomotive
- Close-up look at the engine
- Start-up procedures and close down/put away
Each participant will also have an opportunity to operate the engine for a minimum of 30 minutes (actual time will be dependent on number of participants).
Pricing & Reservations
Cost per session is $125 per person, and lunch is included. Participants must be at least 18 years old and dress appropriately in long pants, long-sleeved shirt, closed-toe shoes and work gloves. Start time is 9:00a.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling Loon Mountain at 800-229-5666 (LOON). Scheduled sessions may be cancelled if minimum participation is not reached.
Guest Engineer Program Dates | 2018
August 30, 2018 (Thurs.)
August 31, 2108 (Fri.)
September 1, 2018 (Sat.) September 28, 2018 (Fri.)
September 29, 2018 (Sat.)
October 4, 2018 (Fri.)
East Branch Locomotive
At the resort’s main entrance is a locomotive typical of those used on the East Branch & Lincoln Railroad during the region’s logging heyday at the turn of the Twentieth Century. From 1893 to 1948, logging trans transported more than 600 million board feet of lumber from the surrounding mountains.