J.E. Henry locomotive Engineer explaining workings of locomotive

Guest Train Engineer Program

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 and Reservation Information:

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 (603) 745-8111 or 800-229-5666 (LOON). Scheduled sessions may be cancelled if minimum participation is not reached. 

2017 Guest Engineer Program Dates:

Aug. 31
Sept. 1, Sept. 29, Sept. 30
Oct. 5, Oct. 6
To reserve, call 1-800-229-5666