Locomotive enthusiasts and history buffs alike will have ample opportunity to get their kicks at Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration at the Boise Train Depot. A free community event featuring historic trains and Union Pacific's traveling museum car, Promontory, will take place Sunday, July 8, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter will attend the event and speak at 1 p.m., recognizing Boise's historic ties with Union Pacific.
The Promontory, a 1962 vintage train car, features some of Union Pacific's historical artifacts. From the authentic old timey decor to some of the railroad's earliest construction tools, Promontory will delight locomotive fans and wannabe conductors of all ages.
E-9 locomotives will also be on display. Built most recently in 1955, the powerful diesel-electric trains represent the last designed for the bygone days of passenger travel via railroad.
For a taste of the locomotion's glory days, attendees can enjoy free rides on the UP 956 miniature train. Channel your inner conductor and try out the locomotive simulator, which offers visitors a chance to experience the same training used by locomotive engineers to master train operation.