All aboard! Become a Virginia Zoo Express engineer and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to operate this top attraction at the Zoo.

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

  • Five FREE train rides to use throughout the year
  • The opportunity to work alongside the Virginia Zoo 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 ($22 for an adult, $19 for a child).


Reservations are required at least one week in advance. Any last minute requests must email or call to check availability.

Contact the Gift Shop at 757.441.2374 x 277 for questions or to learn more. Gift certificates are available.

Please note:  The Virginia Zoo Express does not operate if the high temperature is below 50°.  If this is in the forecast the day before your experience is scheduled we will call to reschedule.