Skiing and trains go way back to the days of rope tows, wooden skis and leather boots, and this summer New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain brings the two back together again.
Loon Mountain’s J.E. Henry Railroad, with its German-built 0-4-0T engine, harkens back to the narrow gauge logging trains that ran through New Hampshire’s White Mountains more than a century ago. The engine, which Loon Mountain acquired in the 1970s, runs daily during the winter between two of the resort’s base areas. During a typical season, the train will shuttle skiers and snowboarders a total of 300 miles along its 600-foot length of track.
This summer, the Guest Engineer Program will be offered one day each month from July through October: July 12, August 2, September 6 and October 4. Each session will run for six hours and include a primer on the basics of steam operation, safety, a brief history of Loon’s locomotive, a close-up look at the engine, start-up/close down procedures, and the opportunity for each participant to operate the engine.
Space is limited and the program cost is $100 per person, including lunch. Participants must be at least 18 years old and dress in long pants, long-sleeved shirt, boots, and work gloves. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Loon Mountain at (603) 745-8111 or 800-229-LOON (5666).