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Steam Traction Engine Operation – WDM Moose Jaw

Two men operate the 35 HP Case steam traction engine while 1 man walks alongside

This nine-day course teaches, in a combination lecture-practical format, the basic maintenance and safe operation of steam traction engines and familiarizes you with antique steam-powered equipment.

Led by Chief Engineer Tim Pomeroy, you will learn about:

  • WDM safety practices
  • Boiler operation
  • Firing with wood and coal
  • Practical experience as both Engineer and Fireman
  • Steam engine maintenance
  • Belting up to other equipment

The course does not cover any industrial power engineering material and will not enable you to challenge any power engineering exam other than the Limited Power Engineer (Traction) licence exam.

People interested in attending the steam course should:

  1. Be physically fit and agile with good response and reaction time.
  2. Have a valid driver’s license.
  3. Be 18 years of age or older.
  4. Be ready for a mental challenge.
  5. Agree to work as a member of a group.


Steam Traction Engine Operation Course Dates & Location

Dates: April 26 – 28; May 3 – 5; and May 10 – 12, 2019

Location: WDM Moose Jaw

For more information, please contact the WDM Moose Jaw at 1-306-693-5989 or email us.
NOTE: There is a subsidy available for those willing to commit 32 volunteer hours operating and maintaining WDM steam engines in the year following successful completion of the course. Please ask us about this opportunity!

“The instructors were great and they had amazing personalities and always kept things interesting.”
– Course participant

Additional Steam Locomotive Training

For those interested in operating the Vulcan steam locomotive at the Moose Jaw WDM, please contact us to as about our Steam Locomotive Training course.



Students may get the opportunity to get hands-on experience running the following steam engines:

75 HP Case
36 HP Case

“I noticed and enjoyed how well the engines were maintained and couldn’t have asked for a better experience.” – Course participant


Limited Power Engineer (Steam Traction Operator) Exams & Licence

For Saskatchewan students, the course and the WDM exam prepare you to challenge the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan Limited Power Engineer (Steam Traction Operator) exam. The TSASK examination requires an exam fee payment to TSASK. Successful completion of the exam allows you to request your Steam Traction Operator Licence for an additional fee payable to TSASK. These TSASK fees are NOT a part of the WDM course fee.

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