Engine Work at the Smelter

by Jacob Lyman

Another classic but undated scene on the Tooele Valley Railway. One of the two former Butte Anaconda and Pacific locomotives (either #9 or #10) is seen in steam presumably either at or near the smelter. One of the crew members is showing off an oil can being used to lubricate the engine. Sights like this were a daily occurrence, as the railroad had to run 24/7 to maintain a steady supply of workers, ore and fuel to the smelter complex during the height of the steam era.


Friends TVRwy April 9

Tooele High School Band Rocked the Park!

The Tooele High School band took time off from summer practice this week to perform service at the Tooele Valley Museum.  They sure left their mark!  Ian Small coordinated this outstanding event for his Eagle Scout project.  Band members worked hard in the blaring summer heat to unbury train rails in the park, landscape near our front entry, organize our collection, create detailed floor plans, move many heavy objects, and build 12 benches.


We will use the benches in our newly repurposed military train car so we can show videos to visitors and host more events.

Thank you to the marvelous band for their hard work and to Ian for organizing it for us.

Reveal the Rails Project Kicked Off by Garrett Pearson

Thank you Garrett!

Garrett Pearson completed his Eagle Scout project and kicked off a outdoor project for the museum on Saturday.  He removed the grass that had covered some of the rail leading to our rail repair building and added rock between the rails.

Garrett Pearson
Garrett stands with his father in front of the completed project.

Finished Project
You can see how the rails split off to go to the repair building. This was covered by grass and dirt. In some places it was over 6 inches deep.

Pile of removed grass
That is a lot of grass to remove

The finished project looks fantastic, but it has much more than aesthetic value.  Over the years, grass and dirt have slowly covered up some of the railway in the old depot.  Preserving the rails that are original to the depot is an important part of keeping the history of the Tooele Valley Railway alive.  We plan to continue to pull away grass and fill in the old rails to keep them above ground so visitors can see and follow the tracks.