SPENCER S. ECCLES AND DOLORES (DORE’) FOX RAIL CENTER On display, the kings of the Wasatch Mountains, locomotives that were designed to pull large trains over steep Western terrain. The 833 is one of the last remaining Union Pacific Northerns. This 4-8-4 represents the power of steam. As technology progressed, trains were pulled by jet turbine engine such as the X-26. Also featured is a restored Red Cross Hospital Car, Railroad Post Office Car and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Cauldron Car. The Hospital Car and RPO Car are opened by request in the gift shop or lobby.
WATTIS-DUMKE MODEL RAILROAD All ages enjoy exploring this delightful and realistic model depicting the scenery of the transcontinental railroad. A variety of model trains zip through significant regional features including the Sierra Nevada, the Lucin Trestle across the Great Salt Lake, Ogden Union Station with Historic 25th Street,Weber Canyon, Dale Creek, Wyoming, and much more.
The BROWNING FIREARMS MUSEUM celebrates the genius of John M. Browning, inventor of many sporting and military firearms. Displays feature original prototypes designed in Ogden, Utah by Browning, along with models manufactured by Winchester, Remington, and Colt. The collection includes the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle), mainstay of the US Army for 80 years. The museum also features the work of Jonathan, Val A., and Bruce B. Browning. John M.’s father, son and grandson representing four generations of Browning inventors. An innovative exhibit of miniature guns depicting the development of firearms is also on display.
The automobiles on display are examples of the Golden Age of motorcar history. Vehicles range from a 1901 single cylinder Oldsmobile to a 1930 16 cylinder Cadillac. Running boards, huge fenders, oversize matchlit headlights and rumble seats are reminders of an extravagant era.
The mission of the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is to honor the cowboy, along with those men and women whose lives exemplify the independence, resilience and creativeness of the people who settled Utah and continue to champion the Western way of life. The museum honors artists, champions, entertainers, musicians, ranchers, writers and those persons past and present, who have promoted the western life style.