Experience the ride of your life!

Front of Train

Locomotive cab rides are available between Elbe Depot and the museum in Mineral on most train excursions. Ride alongside the engineer and fireman of a vintage steam or diesel locomotive on board a scheduled excursion through the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier. A one-way cab ride from Elbe to Mineral or from Mineral to Elbe lasts approximately 30-35 minutes. A Standard or First Class seat ticket is required in advance to complete the round-trip experience. Round-trip cab rides are available with no seat ticket purchase necessary. Please arrive at Elbe Depot 45 minutes prior to the train’s departure. Contact [email protected] or call 360-492-6000 for date and time availability at least 48 hours before your requested departure.

What we’ll provide:

  • Protective eyewear
  • Ear protection
  • Engineer’s hat

What to wear:

  • Lace-up boots
  • Overalls/Jeans
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt recommended
  • Don’t forget a camera!

One-way cab rides can be purchased in addition to a Standard or First Class train ticket for $125. Two-way cab rides are available on select dates for $200 and do not require the purchase of a Standard or First Class train ticket. Must be 18 or older to ride. Complete the Locomotive Train Ride Waiver (below) and contact [email protected] to make your reservation!

Engines include:

Hammond #17 – maximum 1 rider

Polson #70 – maximum 2 riders


  • One-way (Elbe → Mineral or Mineral → Elbe): $125, plus cost of Standard Class or First Class seat ticket 
  • Round-trip: $200, no excursion ticket required
Railroad Engineer