You are the Railroad Engineer
October 13-16, 2020 (4 Days)
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$2,190 Double occupancy

$2,490 Single occupancy



  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach

  • 3 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels

  • 3 breakfasts, 2  lunches, 2 dinner

  • Admission to all listed attractions

  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)

  • Your professional Tour Host



DEPOSIT: $500 per person NOW holds your place. 


FINAL PAYMENT DUE: August 27, 2020



$0 ...August 26, 2020

100% ... After August 27, 2020


Yes! You are the Engineer. One hand on the throttle, the other hand on the whistle. Pull down the brim of your engineer’s cap as you take the controls of real railroad locomotives. Feel the heat of the coal-banked fire and watch the steam fill the sky from behind the throttle of a historic 19th century locomotive. At the controls of the diesel locomotive, the sounds of steel-on-steel ring out as you ride the rails of America’s best preserved short-line railroad. With two toots of the whistle, bell ringing and cylinder cocks open, you begin your Engineer Experience. This is the train program discussed in the CBS hit, The Big Bang Theory!

Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D


Day 1 – Las Vegas – Ely NV                          D
Arrive in Las Vegas by 1:00 p.m. You will be met at the airport and taken to Ely Nevada for the evening. You will meet your guides and engineer partners at an informational meeting to go over details of your Ultimate Experience. Not recommended for those with mobility or medical difficulties. You must be able to climb in and out of locomotives without assistance; will do considerable walking in rail yard on uneven surface and may experience high temperatures inside locomotives.  Participants must possess valid drivers’ license, be 18 years of age or older and must read Nevada Northern Railway Train Service Rule Book which you will be provided and pass an open-book exam based on it. Please check with Leisure West Tours if you have questions regarding your ability to do any portion of this experience. Stay at the Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada.

DAY 2 – Train Engineer Experience and local sight-seeing  B,L
This morning it’s time to arrive at the Depot and review the rules of the railroad in preparation for the open book exam you’ll be required to pass to qualify for the engineer experience at the Nevada Northern Railway.  We’ll divide into groups which will allow some railroaders to take part in the Ultimate Experience in the morning, and the second group can participate in the Ultimate Experience that afternoon. Everyone who qualifies will have the opportunity to drive either a steam or diesel locomotive. The other part of the day will be spent in the rail yards, on speeder cars or touring historic rail/mining towns of Ely, McGill, and the surrounding area. Stay at the Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada.

DAY 3 – Train Engineer Experience and local sight-seeing     B,L,D
Today, we’ll continue the Ultimate Experience. If you were behind the controls of a steam train the previous day, you’ll have the chance to drive the diesel today. If you drove the diesel on the previous day, you’ll be in the engineer’s seat of the steam locomotive today. The remainder of the day will be spent in the rail yards, on speeder cars or visiting historic McGill and Ely. Dinner is included tonight. Stay at the Prospector Hotel, Ely, Nevada.

DAY 4 – Ely – Las Vegas         B
Transportation to Las Vegas Airport for the return trip home from your Ultimate Experience.  


To participate in the Engineer Experience you must have a valid drivers license, be 18 years of age or over, be able to climb on and off the locomotives unassisted and pass an open-book exam on the rules of the railroad.


Itinerary subject to change

Sun Tours collaborates with a Travel Alliance Partner to offer this extraordinary tour. The group will include travelers from around the country.

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