Locomotive 8618 In-Cab Experiences

We will see you next year!

The Strasburg Rail Road is providing an unprecedented In-Cab opportunity that is an immersive, hands-on experience like no other. Choose from among the hand-on-the-throttle Engineer’s seat or the Jump seat to create the memory of a lifetime!

The Engineer’s Seat

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to sit in the engineer’s seat and pull open the throttle and feel the power of a diesel locomotive at your fingertips? This 30-minute experience puts you in control of the rails of America’s oldest operating railroad. You’ll receive an orientation to the controls and then you’ll be off, taking direction from a certified diesel locomotive engineer.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid Driver’s License.

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The Jump Seat

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to sit in the cab of a diesel locomotive? This 30-minute experience puts you in the cab in one of the locomotives at America’s old railroad. You’ll receive a brief cab orientation with the certified engineer and then you’ll be off riding in the cab of our 1952 diesel.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid Driver’s License.

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History

No. 8618 is often used as Strasburg freight locomotive hauling freight between the Leaman Place Junction and East Strasburg. Built in 1952 for the New York Central Railroad, No. 8618 is one of a few internal combustion locomotives on Strasburg’s esteemed roster of historic steam locomotives. Strasburg Rail Road’s freight department could not service the many local customers it does without the consistent and steady work of No. 8618. After spending decades on the New York Central, No. 8618 came to the Strasburg Rail Road in 2009.

Year Built: 1952

Maker: General Motors

Class: EMD-SW8

Weight: 230,000 lbs.

Arrived at Strasburg: 2009

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Important Information
– With the completion of your purchase, you will receive an email containing vital check-in information for your experience. Please look for that email, read it, and keep the information handy.
– All In-Cab participants must be 18 years of age or older. Those at the Engineer’s Seat must provide a valid Driver’s License for admittance.
– Participants must arrive no less than 15 minutes and no more than 30 minutes before the scheduled experience.
There is absolutely no photography or videography allowed during the In-Cab experiences. All electronics (e.g. cell phones and cameras) must be stowed away during your time in the cab.