Ever wanted to operate a diesel locomotive? Our Throttle Time program lets you try your hand at being a locomotive engineer using a vintage diesel locomotive.
MRM's Throttle Time sessions are offered on the last weekend in April, the first weekend of November, and on most Saturdays between May and October.
The Throttle Time participant will first spend 45 minutes observing and learning how to operate one of the Museum's diesel locomotives. The Throttle Time participant will then spend 30 minutes at the throttle of the locomotive on the Museum's main line, under the supervision of a Museum engineer.
The locomotive used for the sessions will be one of:
- Canadian National FPA-4 #6789 built in 1959.
- Illinois Central GP11 #8733 rebuilt in 1980 from a GP9 originally delivered in 1958.
- Milwaukee Road NW-2 #1649 built in 1947.
- Wabash F7 #1189 built in 1953.
Equipment used is always subject to change due to availability.
In order to participate in Throttle Time, you must be at least 18 years old, physically able to climb up to and enter the locomotive cab, and able to operate the locomotive controls.
Happy railroading! For additional information, contact John Downing by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (217) 762-9357.
When & Where
Monticello Railway Museum
The Monticello Railway Museum is an all-volunteer organization in central Illinois with a 7½ mile long operating railroad line, and a railroad yard open to the public.
We offer train rides on weekends from May through October (rain or shine), and we offer a number of special events throughout the year.
We also collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit materials and artifacts from throughout the fascinating history of trains and railroading. Come explore our many rail cars and other equipment, and view our museum displays.