Visitors to the Utah State Railroad Museum at Union Station are treated to a variety of interactive and pictorial displays and artifacts illustrating the construction of the transcontinental railroad. As visitors enter the Railroad Museum they pass under timbers used to construct the historic Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake. In the museum theater enjoy a movie about the Big Boy Locomotives that ran from Ogden to Cheyenne. In March 2011 the museum unveiled it’s newest exhibit of the original Golden Spike Safe and Utah’s Centennial Gold Spike. Weight your group on the Station’s original baggage scale.
Children learn railroad crossing safety in this exhibit which encourages them to answer safety questions to activate the safety lights on the railroad crossing. The exhibit was recently renovated and is beautiful. New features include interactive educational games geared to teach children about railroad crossing safety. The exhibit is funded due to the generosity of Operation Lifesaver. Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
The Maintenance of Way exhibit includes a variety of small equipment used to maintain the tracks. A rail handcar used to transport maintenance crews. A locomotive cab where children of all ages can experience the thrill of play driving a locomotive. Practice morse code skills with your fellow visitors with the two telegraph keys.
This fall we are starting a renovation project! We will be creating a children’s museum that will entertain and educate children from 1-100yrs old! Please stay tuned for updates on our project.
A favorite with visitors is the model railroad. Scale model scenes of local topography have been painstakingly created to depict the local terrain. A model of the 1060’s era Union Station and historic 25th street are a highlight. Look closely at each of the landscapes for many have amusing tiny additions, such as a man floating in a barrel int he great salt lake, fisherman, a bat, birds, elk, a bald eagle. There are four operating model trains which start their runs as you enter the exhibit with a motion activated sensor.
Experience the sheer immensity of the big locomotives up close outside in the Eccles Rail Center. On display are a large variety of locomotives, switch engines, boxcars, cabooses and a staff favorite, the steam powered rotary snow plow.
The laundry building located south of the Eccles Rail Center played an important role in the operations of the railroad for the United States. READ MORE
At the Union Station there are many rail objects in need of restoration, our volunteers are working hard to return selected pieces of the rolling stock to their original condition, chief among these is the 223 Locomotive and Tender. READ MORE