Monticello Railway Museum

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Throttle Time

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 September.

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 you will operate for a Throttle Time session will be one of:

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 or by phone at (217) 762-9357.