Engineer & Fireman School
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is proud to announce the continuation of the Fireman and Engineer Steam School Classes for the upcoming train season. This is a combined three-and-a-half-day program available for both Fireman & Engineer Students and is offered in June, July, August and September. Individuals must have completed the Fireman Steam School Class before advancing to the Engineer Steam School Class.
• June 15, 16, 17 & 18
Fireman School - sold out
Engineer School - 1 seat left
• July 20, 21, 22 & 23
Fireman School - 3 seats left
Engineer School - 2 seats left
• August 17, 18, 19 & 20
Fireman School - 6 seats left
Engineer School - 4 seats left
• September 7, 8, 9 & 10
Fireman School - 1 seats left
Engineer School - 1 seats left
• September 14, 15, 16 & 17
Advanced School - sold out
Reservations are available by phone: 1-888-286-27371-888-286-2737
For questions or to be placed on a waiting list, please email us at email@example.com
FIREMAN CLASS $2250.00
C&TSRR Steam School Fireman Class will be available to first time students with a strong emphasis on actual “firing” of a K-36 Baldwin locomotive. Classroom textbooks, C & T S rule book and Timetable will be furnished in advance to all students and requirements will include testing of material in the classroom on day one.
Day one begins with registration and includes a welcome luncheon with the entire Steam School Class and staff. The half day of classroom participation will be required, viewing C & TSRR safety videos and reviewing all course materials with qualified instructors. After the classroom session, students will reconvene in the yard with instructors and a locomotive for an afternoon/early evening hands-on training, allowing all participants to become familiar with the antique 1925 Coal Fired, Steam Operated Baldwin K-36 locomotive including the daily service and maintenance needs.
Day two includes becoming familiar with and understanding the art of firing the antique locomotive as instructed by the certified, experienced fireman trainer. Students will practice actual firing of the locomotive with a loaded freight train from Chama, New Mexico to Cumbres Pass and return. Students will rotate in the locomotive, allowing all participants to experience the 4% grade to the summit.
Day three and four test the students’ proficiency and skill with more running time on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. On day three, the student train will travel the entire 64 mile trip from end to end beginning at Chama, New Mexico. The return from Antonito, Colorado will be on day four. Students will rotate in the locomotive.
ENGINEER CLASS $2750.00
C&TSRR Engineer Steam School Class will be available for “returning” students who previously took the Fireman Class. Students will be sent course material in advance, including textbook(s) on How a Steam Locomotive Works and Operates. Emphasis will be on expanded throttle time, brakes, setting valves, injectors, lubricators, lights, and repairs and maintenance, along with specific studies relative to use of the AIR on the locomotive and much more. Homework will be required and testing will take place in the classroom on day one.
Day one begins with registration and includes a welcome luncheon with the entire Steam School Class and staff. The half day of classroom participation will be required, viewing C & TSRR safety videos and reviewing all course materials with qualified instructors. After classroom and lunch, students will reconvene in the yard with instructors and a locomotive for an afternoon/early evening hands-on training allowing all participants to re-familiarize themselves with the antique 1925 Coal Fired, Steam Operated Baldwin K-36 locomotive including performance of the routine daily service and maintenance exercises.
Day two includes the practice, familiarization and understanding of the art of engineering the antique locomotive as instructed by the certified, experienced engineer trainer and running with a loaded freight train from Chama to Cumbres and return twice, allowing all participants to experience the 4% grade to the summit. Students will rotate in the locomotive.
Day three and four test the students’ proficiency and skill with continued engineering time, measuring each student’s progress with more running throttle time on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, traveling the entire 64 miles. Day three begins in Chama and ends in Antonito. The return trip takes place on day four. Students will rotate in the locomotive.
*In order to increase “cab time” for the Fireman and Engineer Steam School Classes, the following significant changes to the program have been made:
- Homework required of all students prior to the opening of each Steam School Class will include successful passing of designated tests given by Steam School Class instructors.
- A full three days of cab time, whether Fireman or Engineer, will be made possible by the process of student rotation.
- Fireman/Engineer Classes will accommodate a maximum of 12 students.
ADVANCED CLASS - $5,000.00
New to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the Advanced Class. This class focuses less on road trips and more on the everyday tasks of a railroad. Such items are yard operation rules, yard operation, yard switching, airbrakes and running an away train. This class is limited to 6 students. The fireman and engineer classes must be completed before taking this course.
Experience the excitement of rugged, narrow gauge, coal-fired, steam powered mountain railroading on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. You will traverse 64 miles of unparalleled scenery as you climb from Antonito or Chama to the dining hall at Osier and on to your final terminal.
Lunch is included at Historic Osier, CO.
You will sense the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains as your train is handled by sure-footed locomotives and able crews through tunnels, above deep gorges and over Cumbres Pass.
This unique section of mountain railroad is owned by the states of New Mexico and Colorado and was designated a National Historic Landmark in October of 2012.
It is truly a memorable experience not to be missed.
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