Loon Mountains New Guest Engineer Program

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 2, 2011 3:04 pm


Lincoln, NH - Loon Mountain is a well-known mountain resort located in New Hampshire with recreational offerings. Recently, its Guest Engineer Program offered its guests to operate a wood-fired, steam-powered, narrow-gauge locomotive to appeal to train enthusiasts. 

Each session for the Guest Engineer Program at Loon Mountain lasts about six hours and includes an introduction on the basics of steam operation, safety procedures, a brief history of Loon’s locomotive, close up look at the engine, start up procedures and close down/put away. Each participant will have an opportunity to operate the engine for a approximately a half hour. This year’s program will be offered July 8, August 5, September 9 and October 7 and is open to a maximum of five participants per session.

The “Loon Train” is powered by JE Henry Railway when transporting skiers and snowboarders between base areas. Je Henry Railway is built with a German 0-4-OT engine commonly used about a century ago. It was originally built by Orenstein and Koppel in 1934 and introduced to the Unite States after World War II. 

Cost per session is $100 per person and lunch is included.  Participants must be at least 18 years old and dress appropriately in long pants, long sleeved shirt, boots and work gloves.  Start time is 9:00 a.m.   Reservations are required and can be made by calling Loon Mountain at (603) 745-8111 or 800-229-LOON (5666).

For more information visit the Loom Mountain website at: http://www.mtnclub.com/