Monday, July 9, 2012

Boise Historic Train Celebration

The Union Pacific Celebrates 150 Years!

Get ready for some rail-related fun as Union Pacific celebrates its 150th anniversary with a free community-wide event in Boise! Union Pacific’s iconic E-9 locomotives will make a historic stop at the Boise Depot on Sunday, July 8, to celebrate the railroad’s 150th Anniversary. The locomotives, along with the railroad’s traveling exhibit, the “Promontory” museum car, will be stationed behind the Boise Depot.

The event will be held at the Boise Depot, located at 2603 W Eastover Terrace. This community celebration will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., with Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise Mayor David Bieter present for a special ceremony recognizing the historic importance of Boise in the history of the Union Pacific.

A Moving Rail Road Museum?

View historic E-9 locomotives and a recently unveiled baggage car converted into rolling museum. The Promontory, a 1962-vintage baggage car, is a state-of-the-art traveling museum. It includes several artifacts, including railroad construction tools and remnants from UP’s earliest days that tells Union Pacific’s 150-year history. It also features stereo cards from Union Pacific’s one-of-a-kind collection and a 65” touch screen highlighting many of the communities the car will be visiting in 2012.

The public will also be able to experience railroad history through UP's famous miniature train and a locomotive simulator.

Are you a train enthusiast?

Trains and the railways are a rich and important part of American history. What aspects of trains and rail travel interest you? The construction, which brought laborers from all over the world to the United States? The heyday, during which famous bandits and robbers made a name for themselves? Tell us about what attracts you to trains.

Planning on Attending the Celebration?

There are numerous Idaho bed and breakfast options in Boise and surrounding areas for you stay while visiting the Boise train depot.

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