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Jun 7, 2019
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I noticed this on the BGW website today as an add-on. Has anyone been on the Railroad Behind the Scenes tour or know what it consists of? At $28-35 a person I'm sure it isn't near as extensive as the Roller Coaster Insider Tour, but I'm curious what it includes.

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In all seriousness, I hope someone has done the tour and can give a brief summary. I haven't done it myself yet, but I too am interested in it.
 
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I haven’t taken the tour, myself, but I am pretty sure I observed a few minutes of it.

We were stopped at Caribou Station, and we waited there while a group of people wandered around the locomotive and chatted with the engineer and conductor. They asked a ton of questions. It seemed to take about 15 minutes, I think.

Obviously, that was just one section of the tour.
 
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Wait... they brought this back? It was part of the original tour lineup in ‘09 but they dropped it after the first year. I did work railroad a fair amount over 3 of my 6 seasons, so I have 0 interest in taking it myself, but I know a lot of people who would love this tour.
 
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I'm extremely familiar with this tour. It starts out by you meeting a tour guide at Tweedside and then riding the train with the tour guide and an engineer next to you on the way to Caribou station. From there you go behind the scenes to the back side of the train track and get really up close and personal with whichever locomotive isn't being used that day. Tours vary a tiny bit because the engineers put their own spin on it. While behind the scenes, you are given the chance to climb into the locomotive and see how the engineer and fireman run the train. Pictures are allowed as well.
 

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What all does the tour consist of? How long was it? What did you get to see/do?
We went out beside Der Hochinbeinige and walked to the front, Then once it left we went to Balmoral Castle, Looked at the engine, then went up in the into the booth, then we looked at the front things and went to the tender, after that we watched Der Hochinbeinige pull into the station, then it was finished.
 
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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.

10/10 recommend!
 
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