COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (RELEASE) - The Union Pacific Museum Association will host a special passenger trip on Union Pacific historic equipment July 22, from Denver, Colorado, to Cheyenne, Wyoming, pulled by the “Living Legend,” steam locomotive, UP No. 844.
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All proceeds generated from the special trip will benefit the Union Pacific Museum Association, a 501 (c) 3.This is an excellent opportunity for the general public to experience the glory days of passenger travel on beautiful Union Pacific equipment.
“The Museum Association is grateful to Union Pacific for allowing us this opportunity,” said Eric Hamilton, Union Pacific Museum Association president. “Events like this allow the museum to offer world-class exhibits and programming to our visitors.”
Union Pacific opened its first museum in 1921. Since 2003, that museum has been operated by a nonprofit. Today, the Union Pacific Museum is a joint partnership between Union Pacific, who maintains the collection, the Association, the nonprofit in charge of exhibits and programming, and the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa, who maintain the historic building in which the museum is located. Even the museum’s location is significant. With a 23-state system to choose from, Union Pacific chose to site their collection at historic ‘Mile 0’ for the transcontinental railroad, so ordered by President Lincoln in 1863 and reaffirmed in 1864.
“We are proud of Council Bluffs’ historic railroad past and are honored to share the railroad’s history with visitors from all over the world.” said Hamilton, “More than 40 percent of our annual visitation comes from outside the region.”
Train trip tickets will go on sale to the general public May 26 at www.uptraintix.com. Prices range from $250 to $500 each. Union Pacific Museum Association patrons will have the opportunity to purchase their tickets in advance. Information on becoming a patron is available here under the “Join Us,” tab: http://www.uprrmuseum.org/
In 2017, the Union Pacific Museum Association offered a round-trip excursion from Omaha to Columbus, Nebraska. More than 400 people enjoyed the historic ride.
The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is located at 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Admission is always free. For more information, visit www.uprrmuseum.org or call 712-329-8307.