Heber Valley Railroad: History and Entertainment

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By cbalaz on March 29, 2012 at 7:49 am


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Utah has a rich railroading history. The final tracks of North America’s First Transcontinental Railroad were laid at Promontory Point, near modern-day Tremonton, on May 10, 1869. The booming railroad business that followed allowed nearby Ogden to grow rapidly – and to earn a reputation as the wildest town in the Wild West. Even Al Capone famously said that Ogden was too wild for his tastes.

Originally part of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the Heber Valley Railroad served to connect Provo to Heber City. This 16-mile stretch of track was used nearly seven decades, with trains running on it and alongside the Provo River from 1899 to 1967 – when the line was officially abandoned.

Just three years later, the line was reopened as a tourist attraction. The railroad has been (more or less) in continuous operation since that time, operating as the Heber Valley Historic Railroad for the past two decades.

Today the Heber Valley Historic Railroad has a fleet of two, 1907-era Baldwin steam locomotives: the Great Western No. 75 and the Union Pacific No. 618. In addition to standard sightseeing trips, the railroad offers several themed outings designed to accommodate different ages and interests. Murder mystery dinners, North Pole Express rides, and even train-ride-slash-innertubing trips are available. For a full schedule, check the railroad’s website

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