Railroad Days is an annual two-day event that brings together five railroad-connected locations – The Durham Museum, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, RailsWest Museum, Historic General Dodge House and Lauritzen Gardens. It is a fun way to spend time with the family while visiting several unique railroad history venues in one day. In addition to exploring local railroad heritage, help celebrate Union Pacific's 150th Anniversary.
This year, the Joslyn Art Museum is participating because of its Andrew J. Russell Great West Illustrated exhibit, which contains rare, never-before-seen photographs from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The photos document the building of the transcontinental railroad and the Western frontier – Union Pacific’s construction from Omaha to Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869.
Additional festival activities include:
• Examining the original Pacific Railway Act signed on July 1, 1862, by Abraham Lincoln at The Durham Museum
• Exploring the Building America exhibit, which explains how the transcontinental railroad was built, at Union Pacific’s Railroad Museum
• Visiting Rock Island Depot to see an H.O. scale model train at the RailsWest Museum
• Delving into the new Dodge’s Tracks and Ties exhibit at the Historic General Dodge House
• Taking a mini-train ride to explore Lauritzen Gardens
Railroad Days 2012 is July 14-15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Family passes are $15 and admit two adults and their dependent children, or two grandparents and up to four grandchildren, to explore the region’s railroad heritage at the six historic locations both days. A $5 pass is available for an additional adult, if needed, with the purchase of a family pass.
Tickets can be purchased at any of the venues the day of the event. Transportation among the attractions also is included with a pass – go to any one of the six to start your journey.