All aboard and become a Norfolk Southern Express engineer! Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a part of a top Virginia Zoo attraction.

As the Train Engineer of the Day, you will receive:

  • An honorary train engineer license
  • Five FREE train rides to use throughout the year
  • The opportunity to work alongside the Norfolk Southern Express’ engineer as they conduct safety checks and morning maintenance
  • Train whistle blowing privileges for the morning’s first departure
  • Announcement of name over the PA system as Engineer for the Day
  • An engineer’s cap, bandana and train whistle
  • Recognition at the Beazley Foundation Train Station as the Engineer of the Day
  • A certificate as a reminder of your special day
  • Admission for engineer and one guest.  Additional guests may be added for an additional cost.

Cost: $89 Members, $99 non-members

For a limited time, all proceeds from the Train Engineer for a Day program benefit the “Full Steam Ahead” train campaign to support enhancements to the Zoo Train.


Contact the Membership Department at 757.441.2374 x 222 for questions or to learn more. Gift certificates are available.


After more than a million rides and the 11 years since it opened, the ZooTrain is in need of some enhancements. Just as is the case with commercial rail lines, the Zoo Train rail bed is regularly maintained and is now due for track bed maintenance. A new service spur will allow individual cars to be removed for service and lessen wear and tear on the engine.

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