Scenic Train Rides in Utah
Utah's popular Heber Valley Railroad offers some of the finest scenic rail excursions the west has to offer and serves by over 77,000 passengers a year.
The Utah State Railroad Museum has a large collection of locomotive power, including the Union Pacific Railroad 4-8-4 No. 833 at the Ogden Union Station.
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Operational steam locomotives in Utah, are limited to replica models and amusement parks rides. At the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit, two replica steam locomotives built in 1979, recreate the historic meeting of Central Pacific's Jupiter and Union Pacific No. 119 at the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.
The Utah Central was the state's first railroad in 1870, and was connected to the original transcontinental railroad. Today, the state has 1469 miles of track and is served primarily by the Southern Pacific Railroad and BNSF.
The S&S Shortline Railroad Park and Museum operates miniature train rides, including over 11,000 feet of 7 1/2" gauge rail and 5,000 feet of 24" gauge rail and more than 90 engines and cars in both sizes. This nostalgic and fascinating park provides an enjoyable and unforgettable experience for the entire family!
Dating back to 1899, the Heber Valley Railroad, home of the former Heber Creeper, served the pioneers who first settled the valley and now operates as non-profit organization. The railroad has been used in a number of motion pictures and was featured on TV episodes of "Touched by an Angel" and "Promised Land". The former Union Pacific 2-8-0 steam engine No.618 and ten railroad cars have been featured in 33 motion pictures over the past 20 years. The "Movie Train" is now in the shop undergoing its required boiler inspection and hopes to be back in service in early 2016. Special events include Comedy Murder Mysteries, Raft the River in the summer, dances and a famous Barbecue Dinner Train. Ghosts and Goblins abound during the month of October aboard the popular Haunted Canyon Train. Train rides in December include the ever popular Christmas train adventure THE POLAR EXPRESS®. Three hour scenic train rides provide breathtaking scenery and stunning views of the Wasatch Mountains and Provo Canyon. Winter train rides provide exceptional photo opportunities. Amenities on board include heated coaches in the winter, rest rooms, a snack coach and gift shop.
Western Mining Railroad Museum is housed in the Old Helper Hotel building, built in 1913-1914. The town was established by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Four floors of artifacts, exhibits and photographs of the railroad and the mining town. Model train layout.
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The Golden Spike National Historic Site is a replication of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Using replica steam locomotives built in 1979, the 4-4-0 Jupiter No. 60 and Union Pacific #119 steam locomotives are on display and run daily from May 1 through Labor Day. Photo runs only, no rides are available. Directions
Visitors to the Utah State Railroad Museum at the Ogden Union Station are treated to a variety of interactive and pictorial displays and artifacts illustrating the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. As visitors enter the Railroad Museum they pass under timbers used to construct the historic Lucin Trestle across the Great Salt Lake. On display is one of the last great Union Pacific 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotives, No.833. Also featured is a model train exhibit.
Tooele Valley Railroad Museum is housed in the old Tooele Valley Depot. Museum contains artifacts from the old railroading, smelting and mining days of Tooele County. The building was built in 1909 to service the 7.5 mile Tooele Valley Railroad, which connected the international Smelter to the Union Pacific. The train served the smelter by bringing workers to it along with ore.The Tooele Valley Railroad Museum is open to the public from Memorial Day to late September.