Monthly Archive: May 2013

How cool is this. Ogden’s Union Station has a real movie star visiting!   If you’ve ever seen the Disney movie “Cars,” you know there’s a star of the show called “Doc,” the old Hudson that teaches the new brash kid how to drive in a race and win. The character was voiced by Paul […]

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  Union Station’s history library is a treasure trove of a lot more than just railroad stuff.   Sure, the tiny rooms on the station’s second floor  have lot of that, even some train-related children’s books. Over the years people have donated vast collections of pictures of trains, books about trains, movies about trains and […]

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Leon Jones and the “Winchester 93” The prototype Winchester rifle Union Station’s Browning Arms Museum just acquired actually looks too good to be this valuable.   How valuable? I was asked not to be more specific — anonymous donors chipped in to buy it.   But we can say: A lot. Union Station had to […]

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Came down to Union Station to do a little quiet writing and found the place mobbed with preparations for Saturday’s Ogden Marathon.   A helicopter at a train station…why not? There’s a  helicopter parked in the fountain plaza. What else can you say? Whirlybird Helicopters is doing a deal with United Way for a fundraiser, […]

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Saltair used to be THE place to go, but how to get there, way west of Salt Lake City, out on Great Salt Lake?   Horses were a bother. Cars were noisy, unreliable and expensive. It was too far to walk.   Fortunately, none of those were necessary. Utah’s extensive system of streetcars and inter-urban rail […]

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We  had a lovely day Saturday at Union Station for National Train Day.   Best guess is several thousand people came by — more than 500 alone rode the free train rides out front, the speeder out back was busy, the blacksmith was a huge hit as he made decorative pieces out of old railroad […]

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Saturday is National Train Day in which we all get together to ponder the glory that is railroading in the United States, including looking at two “heritage fleet” engines at Union Station (click!).     So, naturally, I went to the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum on Tuesday. What the heck, right?   The Car Museum will […]

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“I want that sign,” said Union Station Foundation Director Roberta Beverly, and she meant this one, located on 17th Street in Ogden, right where the railroad tracks cross. “I’m going to call Union Pacific and see if they’ll give it to me.”   Actually, I’m not at all sure the sign is old. It doesn’t […]

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Union Station Foundation Director Roberta Beverly reports to your humble blogger that the Ogden Police are installing a surveillance camera to keep an eye on the south end of the Rail Center at Union Station.   Caboose sits outside the Rail Center south fence This is a very good thing.   The rail center is […]

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