Cab Rides at the Mt. Rainier Railroad | Visit Rainier
Cab Ride

Cab Rides at the Mt. Rainier Railroad

When we say cab rides, we’re not talking about taxis! 

Take the ride of your life at the Mt. Rainier Railroad in the cab of a century-old steam locomotive. When the steam engine roars to life it’s a phenomenal sensory experience. You’ll never forget the first time you hear the steam, feel the rumble and the roar of the engine. 

Locomotive cab rides are available between Elbe Depot and the museum in Mineral on most train excursions. Ride alongside the engineer and fireman of a vintage steam or diesel locomotive on board a scheduled excursion through the forests and foothills of Mt. Rainier. A one-way cab ride from Elbe to Mineral or from Mineral to Elbe lasts approximately 30-35 minutes. A Standard or First Class seat ticket is required in advance to complete the round-trip experience. Round-trip cab rides are available with no seat ticket purchase necessary. Please arrive at Elbe Depot 45 minutes prior to the train’s departure.

Contact [email protected] or call 360-492-6000 for date and time availability at least 48 hours before your requested departure.

Cab Ride
Courtesy of Jeremy Echols Photography

What the railroad will provide:

  • Gloves
  • Protective eyewear

What to wear:

  • Lace-up boots
  • Overalls/Jeans
  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt recommended
  • Don’t forget a camera!
    Cab Rides
    Courtesy of Jeremy Echols Photography

One-way cab rides can be purchased in addition to a Standard or First Class train ticket for $125. Two-way cab rides are available on select dates for $200 and do not require the purchase of a Standard or First Class train ticket. Must be 18 or older to ride. Guests must be able to climb a short ladder to get up into the cab. Complete the Locomotive Train Ride Waiver (below) and contact [email protected] to make your reservation! Willamette #2 – maximum 2 riders Hammond #17 – maximum 1 rider Polson #70 – maximum 2 riders


  • One-way (Elbe → Mineral or Mineral → Elbe): $125, plus the cost of Standard Class or First Class seat ticket 
  • Round-trip: $200, no additional excursion ticket required

For lodging near the train station click here.