Tour Report 7/31/21
Der Hochbeinige running, Alpen Express parked on track 2, Balmoral Castle out of service for annual maintenance.
The tour meets at the Tour Center in England at 12:45pm and then once everyone arrives you walk with the tour guide to Tweadside Station. While waiting at Tweadside, the tour guide provided us with the history of the steam engines, talked about basic railroad operations, and more general details about the railroad. When the train arrived, an engineer (a railroad team lead) met us and took us up to the front of the platform and started to talk about the engine and what the fireman and engineer do. Then we hoped on the train and rode around to Caribou Station. At Caribou, we again went up to the front of the train and this time were able to go up in the cab of the engine and were explained in more detail about the function of everything up in the cab. This was also when we got to blow the whistle. Once this train left Caribou, we were taken down to see the train on the second track at Caribou. Another engineer showed us more of the engines and the function of these parts and talked more about railroad operations. We were also able to get up in the cab of this engine. All in all, the tour met at 12:45pm and ended at 2:20pm.