We take our mission of “keeping steam alive” seriously. Each year we are thrilled to conduct several Hand on the Throttle educational sessions, teaching participants the fundamentals of steam locomotive operation and allowing them to take our steam locomotives (and diesel locomotives) out for a spin. And yes, you can sound the whistle!
We also host school field trips during the spring, a perfect opportunity to for educators to incorporate science, history, technology, and culture all while engaging kids with a real train ride! In August, we invite historical figures to ride the rails and engage our guests in historically accurate conversation through our Passengers from the Past program.
Finally, we make our beautiful facilities, equipment, and catering staff available for weddings, reunions, meetings, and other events. Contact our events coordinator to discuss your event, and arrange for a tour of River Valley Junction, the Oliver Jensen Gallery, the Becky Thatcher Riverboat or the Essex Clipper Dinner Train.