Hands on the Throttle Experience - LVCC 126

Hands on the Throttle allows you to climb into the cab and operate an authentic steam locomotive, rolling down the tracks at the Steam Railroading Institute! This popular program is a unique opportunity to live the dream of being the engineer while taking a trip back in time to the golden age of steam railroading. Here’s your chance to be the Honorary Engineer of Lehigh Valley Coal Company 126; a beautifully restored 88-year-old, coal fired tank engine!  

Hands on the Throttle with Lehigh Valley Coal Co. 126 will take place on Sundays; June 16th, 23rd and July 21st with each half-hour session running from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Departure times are prompt, please arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of reserved time to be checked in and have a short job briefing.

Boarding Location: 405 South Washington Street, Owosso, MI 48867

Package Includes

  • Thirty Minutes of Run Time - $160, plus advance processing fee  
  • Learning and operating the locomotive under a professional instructor
  • Honorary Engineer Certificate
  • Custom made hat


  • Ages 18 or older
  • Valid driver’s license 
  • You must be able to climb into the cab unassisted

Steam locomotive 126 is a 0-6-0 tank engine that was built in 1931 by the Vulcan Iron Works for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company. Restored in 2011 to operating condition by its owners at the Gramling Locomotive Works in Indiana, the 126 has gained an impressive notoriety in offering train rides and excursions throughout the country as well as starring in the Amazon series Have Steam Engine Will Travel.