Friday, September 9, 2016

A Railroad Birthday - Utah State Railroad Museum & Heber Valley Railroad

Heber Valley Railroading - Heber Valley, Utah
My son, Jonathan, celebrated his 7th birthday a couple of weeks ago. He loves all things railroad. In fact, all three of my kids are train enthusiasts, but Jonathan, especially, loves trains. So we made this a railroad birthday for him.

The first stop was the Utah State Railroad Museum at the historic Ogden Union Station. This is a great place for any kid that likes trains. There are old locomotives on static display on the outside and an interactive railroad museum on the inside. It's designed well for kids. There are even some elaborate model trains. My three kids could have stayed all day, but we had more fun things in store.

After returning home and opening gifts and eating cake, it was time to head to the next stop. We drove down to Heber City to ride the historic Heber Valley Railroad--specifically the Monday Night Train (as it's called).
Station - Ogden, Utah
The Monday Night Train runs from the Heber City station to the Deer Creek Reservoir through the scenic Heber Valley. The old passenger coaches were pulled by a diesel locomotive. The local folks call this the "Heber Creeper" because it's a pretty slow train. Halfway through the trip the locomotive changes ends, and so what was the first car becomes the last (and vice versa) for the journey back.

Before boarding there was a cowboy "gun fight" at the station. It's pretty loud for little ears, but otherwise entertaining. During the train ride there was a fiddler, plus sing-a-longs and even dancing in the isles to keep everyone entertained. Dull moments were rare.

All three of our children had a blast on this day of trains. But Jonathan, especially, had a memorable time. This was a special birthday treat for him, something he'll fondly recall for years.
Girl Sitting At Union Station - Ogden, Utah
Steam Locomotive On A Trestle - Ogden, Utah
View Through Model Boxcar - Ogden, Utah
Diesels Through The Model Mountains - Ogden, Utah
Handcar Joy - Ogden, Utah
In A Capola - Ogden, Utah
Joshua Waiting To Depart - Heber, Utah
Western - Heber, Utah
Cowboys Outside The Train - Heber, Utah
Brothers On The Rolling Train - Heber Valley, Utah
Silly Brothers On The Train - Heber Valley, Utah
Monochrome Girl - Heber Valley, Utah
Field Watering As Seen From The Train - Heber Valley, Utah
Deer Creek Reservoir - Heber Valley, Utah
Locomotive In The Siding - Heber Valley, Utah
Train At The Switch - Heber Valley, Utah
Heber Valley Locomotive - Heber Valley, Utah

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