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Re-live railroad charm with 'Iron Rails' exhibit at Heritage Museum

Article Published 10/02/2008

All aboard! If you haven’t had the experience of crossing the country in a train, come to the Heritage Museum and experience what it was like to live in the era of "The Iron Rails."

The featured exhibit at the museum is a nostalgic display highlighting the five rail lines that traveled through Davis County.

They include: the Utah Central, the first line to cross Davis County, in November 1869; the Oregon Short Line; the Union Pacific; the Denver & Rio Grande; and the Bamberger.

These lines hauled freight and passengers to and from Davis County for many, many years during the height of the railroad glory years. Today, only the Union Pacific and UTA’s FrontRunner give residents a chance to experience the exhilaration of traveling by train.

Features of this fascinating railroad exhibit include:

• A bell from a UP locomotive
• A piece of the original transcontinental railroad track
• Bamberger tickets
• A complete dinning car set of glasses and dishes from a UP dining car

The exhibit also features pictures and artifacts from each railroad as well as explanations of the history of the lines and their individual impact on Davis County citizens.

So head to the museum before the trains leave the station, as this exhibit will be at the museum only until Dec. 23. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information please call 336-3930.