Going to Utah and Wyoming for the 150th anniversary and to see the Big Boy

Just wondering how many of you were thinking of, or planning to go to Promontory Summit next year for the 150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad?  And of course, the opportunity to see the first Big Boy under steam in over 60 years.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, which can never be replicated.  

In 1969, I was privileged to attend the 100th anniversary.  If my health holds, I would sure like to be out there to see this event.  Can't think of a more important event concerning railroading than these two monumental occurrences.

Paul Fischer

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You might want to look into hotel reservations immediately. Besides the big "150th Anniversary" event, both the Union Pacific Historical Society and the National Railway Historical Society have scheduled their annual conventions there in Ogden, at the same time. Camping in rural areas might be the only accommodations available.

rattler21 posted:

If you are going to drive, the view of the locomotives on the bluff to the north of I-80 crossing the bridge into Omaha is nothing short of spectacular.  John in Lansing, ILL

Must agree as we past that point this summer. Have no idea how they got the engines up on that bluff. There is also a big boy engine in a public park in Cheyenne Wyoming, the location not far from the Union Pacific shops where they are close to finishing restoration of  the big boy engine that will run for the event. If you have seen one of those engines up close they are absolutely massive. Tickets to ride UP steam train excursion trips are usually sold by lottery and are quite expensive.

Builder of the Hill Lines ( New Delta Lines). Recreating history for the model RR community.

Evanston, WY, along the I80 corridor, relatively close-in choice. With all the national parks and other attractions related to Utah and Wyoming, it can be pricey.  I've flown to Salt Lake as an alternate to Jackson WY.  Heber, Utah has a steam train.  Both Evanston, and Heber up over the Wasatch on I 80 east from Salt Lake City.   A left at Evanston access Jackson Wy, and the two large national parks, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone.  

Mike CT posted:

Evanston, WY, along the I80 corridor, relatively close-in choice. With all the national parks and other attractions related to Utah and Wyoming, it can be pricey.  I've flown to Salt Lake as an alternate to Jackson WY.  Heber, Utah has a steam train. 

The Heber Valley Railroad steam locomotive has been out of service for a few years now, getting her FRA mandated 15 year inspection, plus conversion to oil burning. They operate only "historic" diesels now.

 

I also found lodging Fort Collins, Colorado, one of my trips west, 2015,  Seems Frontier Days, Cheyenne, Wy also has a very large following.  Utah/Wyoming summer vacation hot spots. IMO.   Fort Collins, Rocky Mountain National Park. Late July 2015 accommodations near Yellowstone, Sheffield Trailhead, US Forestry Service area, Dept of Agriculture. Note that there were two mornings with frost on the tent. 

Home for 8 days, We ate well, food was also provided by the US Forestry Service. Note the bear proof storage container. 

Late July at 8,000 + ft asl. 

fisch330 posted:

Just wondering how many of you were thinking of, or planning to go to Promontory Summit next year for the    150th anniversary of the completion of the railroad?  And of course, the opportunity to see the first Big Boy under steam ...

Paul Fischer

I'll be there …. making a family trip out of it with my wife, 3 grown sons, and our daughter-in-law. We're staying at the Marriott Courtyard. I'll be the guy with the "CNJ" baseball cap on. lol

I've read that UP is matching the $1 Million that the state legislature approved for the festivities. 

I wish that UP3985 could join 4014 and 844 there for the fun. Someday. 

Best of luck, UP steam shop, in getting 4014 squared away. 

Are there any indications/opinions on other mainline steamers that might join in this celebration? Perhaps Hot Water could comment on the possibility of 4449 joining in. In the event other steamers make it to Ogden, perhaps this could be the biggest steam event in America in a very long time. My wife and I plan to be there. We'll be at the Marriott Courtyard.

Eliot

Passengers will please refrain, This train's got the disappearin' railroad blues...

I don't think the Sesquicentennial is in the cards for me. It's way too far of a drive from here in Georgia. I might do Cheyenne if I can convince my British railfan buddy to make the trip and share the driving. He's a bit of an odd duck though. He has a very narrowly focused interest in trains. He's what they refer to as a "basher". His practically sole interest is to amass as many miles behind each of Amtrak's P42s as possible. (I couldn't care less about Amtrak or any modern passenger locomotives at all. None of them can hold a candle to an E8 or a PA in the looks department.) He doesn't like steam or electrics. He calls them "teapots" and "wire-scrapers". He has even called my beloved GG1 "ugly".  If it weren't for our mutual fanaticism over Monty Python, I'd probably have nothing to do with him. 

Scrapiron Scher posted:

Are there any indications/opinions on other mainline steamers that might join in this celebration?

No. It is totally a "Union Pacific Event".

Perhaps Hot Water could comment on the possibility of 4449 joining in.

Not happening.

In the event other steamers make it to Ogden, perhaps this could be the biggest steam event in America in a very long time.

The UP management doesn't want any part of such an "event" as that. It will totally be their show, and rightly so.

My wife and I plan to be there. We'll be at the Marriott Courtyard.

Eliot

 

I can see how UP would want to keep it a UP event.  We are lucky that UP is willing to support these events.  Most railroads aren't into this kind of PR.  Thank you UP.   

I think that it would be really cool to see the 4449 and the Big Boy to come together cow catcher to cow catcher to represent the original railroads that joined at Promontory.  They could event paint "Central Pacific" on the 4449's tender but leave the daylight colors.  It is just a thought.

NH Joe

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