Utah's Amusement Park and Museum Railroads
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This page was last updated on February 8, 2009.
There have been several small operating railroads in Utah, railroads small enough to allow children and their parents to ride them as part of their visit to either a museum or an amusement park.
Heber Valley Historic Railroad
(Read more about the Heber Valley Historic Railroad -- previously known as the Heber Creeper.)
Lagoon Amusement Park
Jeff Terry wrote on May 1, 2005:
If I remember correctly, the 1967 Crown came to Lagoon from an amuseument park in Oregon called "Pixieland" (the same place the log flume ride was purchased from). That train is still running, and in fact has a new blue paint job this year that replaces its former colors of pastel pink and blue. One of the later Crowns (it was the "Green train") is now a static display at the Rattlesnake Rapids attraction. It is now painted red and black and is lettered for the "Rattlesnake Rapids Railroad." The engine seems to be complete, but needs boiler work to operate again.
Between about 1900 and 1940, Lagoon park operated a 12-5/8 inches gauge Cagney steam locomotive.
From 1976 until 1988, Lagoon operated the Pioneer Village Railroad, which ran from the former UP Kaysville depot around the Pioneer Village grounds.
From 1976 until 1987, Lagoon also operated a miniature railroad (also known as "the Bamberger"), a 12-5/8 inches gauge steam train that ran from the shooting gallery in Pioneer Village in a large loop of track around the residential section of the village.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Lagoon operated the Wild Kingdom Train. One locomotive (Houston) was painted black and trailed orange cars, and the other trainset (locomotive included) was painted green.
In the 1990-2000 time frame, Lagoon operated a 24 inches gauge railroad.
Ogden Union Station
Pioneer Village Museum
(Read more about Pioneer Village -- at both its original Salt Lake City location, and its later location at the Lagoon amusement park in Farmington.)