Union Pacific Railroad will join the Salt Lake City community to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a special event on July 24 in the 'beehive state' at the historic Union Pacific Depot in downtown Salt Lake City. Immediately following the Days of '47 KSL 5 Parade, Union Pacific will kick off its event at 12:30 p.m. with a special presentation to Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, recognizing Salt Lake City as an official member of Union Pacific's Train Town USA Registry.
"Utah and its capital of Salt Lake City have each played a key role in the history of railroads in this country," said Robert W. Turner, Union Pacific senior vice president - Corporate Relations. "We honor Union Pacific's special connection to the state as we join Salt Lake City residents in anticipation of a future filled with economic opportunity in Utah."
Union Pacific's 150th anniversary community celebration will give Salt Lake City-area residents an inside look at the past, present and future of Union Pacific Railroad. Community members of all ages will be able to board Union Pacific's miniature train, UP 956, for a ride directly behind the Union Pacific depot through The Gateway or tour a historic photography exhibition in the Grand Hall of the depot that will walk viewers through Utah's storied Union Pacific history in the state all while living history entertainers recreate moments from railroad history. Visitors will also be able to try their hand operating one of Union Pacific's modern locomotive simulators that recreates the look, sound and feel of the controls of a modern Union Pacific freight locomotive and much more.