A Very Merry Time!

A very merry time was had at the Polar Express Extravaganza. The museum teamed up with the library to bring this successful library event to the old train depot. We were able to make the  Metal Spiral Wreath event even more fun and add more activities. We created a light display on Engine 11, had activities and Christmas displays in the main building, created 2 photo spots, and served hot chocolate to all.

Engine 11
So much fun!
Our Monday Conductor, Isabel,
and Event Photographer, Brenda.
Wednesday Conductor, Lloyd, and Ken, both are Museum Advisory Board Members
The toy train was a big hit!

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.

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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.