Locomotive No. 475 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, the Fireman’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 steam locomotive at your fingertips? This 30-minute experience puts you in control on 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 steam locomotive engineer.

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


The Fireman’s Seat

You might think that firing a steam locomotive is nothing more than shoveling coal, but there is so much more to it than that. Reading the fire, anticipating the demand for steam and the amount of water needed to make up for what it being used are all skills that take time for a good fireman to develop. This rare 30-minute experience provides the opportunity to serve as a locomotive fireman and will give you a glimpse of what it takes to keep the pressure up. After a short orientation you will get to follow the instructions of an experienced steam locomotive fireman to see if you have what it takes!

Participants must be 18 years of age or older.



Built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia in June of 1906 and run on the Norfolk & Western Railroad as a mixed use engine until 1962, No. 475 is Strasburg Rail Road’s oldest and second largest steam locomotive. No. 475’s unusual 4-8-0 wheel configuration makes her known as an “Mastodon” or “M-Class” locomotive. She is the only 4-8-0 class locomotive currently operating in North America!  She is also one of the last surviving examples of a Norfolk & Western Railroad locomotive. No. 475 arrived in Strasburg in 1991 after the railroad purchased the locomotive for a mere $100,000. After an approximate $640,000 extensive overhaul and restoration, she pulled her first passenger train on Strasburg’s line in the fall of 1993. No. 475 was made famous for her role in the movie, Thomas and the Magic Railroad. No. 475’s size and ability to pull nearly any size train makes her a “go-to” locomotive for nearly any need Strasburg may have—passenger, freight, or otherwise.

Year Built: 1906

Maker: Baldwin Locomotive Works (Philadelpha, PA)

Wheel Configuration: 4-8-0

Weight: 206,200 lbs.

Arrived at Strasburg: July 1991


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 30 minutes and no more than 45 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.