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!

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.

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.