Engineer for a Day

Get a behind-the-scenes experience as you join the Hermann Park Railroad staff for an exciting day of activities!

The day includes:

  • Working alongside the team as they do the safety checks and morning activities in the maintenance barn
  • Taking a private train ride as the initial test run is made
  • Working in Kinder Station taking tickets, greeting visitors and helping them to their seats
  • Riding the locomotive, blowing the whistle, and ringing the bell.

All participants will receive an engineer's cap, bandana, train whistle, name badge, and certificate.

Your day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 12:30 pm
Open to ages 7 to 107!
Cost: $150

Would a child, spouse, parent or grandparent like to share your day? Bring along an Engineer for a Day for an additional $50. Gift certificates are available. Call the Visitor Services department at 713-526-2183 to sign up or learn more.

HPC Members receive a discount on Engineer-for-a-Day. Join today!

Riding the Railroad

Can you see yourself riding beside the engineer on the Hermann Park Railroad train? You will hear the whistle blowing as you warn people along the track that the train is coming through! The cost is only $50 for one hour and allows you to have the best seat on the train. We will even reserve a bench on the front car and let one person join you on your journey around the Park. 

Reserve your spot during any hour the train operates. This unique one hour experience is open to train enthusiasts 7-107 years old! For more information and to reserve your time, please email or call 713-528-0827.

Private Rentals

The Hermann Park Train is available for private rental between 9 am and 10 am daily. Private boat rental is also available. For more info, please call Visitor Services at 713-526-2183.