Run One Program

The Run One Program is your chance to become a train engineer. It lets you get behind the throttle of some of our favorite locomotives. When you arrive at the Museum for your experience you will be instructed by a qualified engineer. You will look over the locomotive and learn how it works. Then you will climb into the driver’s seat and learn how to take the locomotive out on our mainline for a full hour.

Each rental includes one engineer’s cap and certificate of accomplishment plus a huge sense of control! This is an amazing experience for anyone and makes a wonderful gift.

Watch the Alco 1956 Locomotive Experience

The Ultimate Run One Steam Experience

The Steam Experience is the ultimate day for anyone who has ever wanted to operate a real steam locomotive.

Participants arrive at 7:30 am and spend the morning with the crew learning about both the engine and helping get it ready for operation. Then it’s off to the Mainline for a full hour behind the throttle! Your Steam Experience will be an unforgettable memory, or it also makes a great gift. Cost $750


This activity is very popular and sometimes books up well in advance of available days.

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance with deposit via credit card. No refunds for no shows unless severe weather conditions (heavy rain, floods, high winds, snow). Locomotives will usually run rain or sunshine. The VC2 is only available the 3rd weekend of each month.

Two people may share a rental hour for the VC2, and up to up to five people may share a rental hour for other trains. Engineer minimum age is 18, however, 5 years and older may ride along with an adult. Train availability varies; please call the Museum Front Desk for details.

To book your Run One experience, call the Museum office at 951‑943‑3020 or e‑mail

Diesel switchers: $250.00 per hour

Southern Pacific U-25-B 3100: $300.00 per hour

Union Pacific 942: $350.00 per hour

Pacific Electric Hollywood Car PE 717: $200.00 per hour