Union Pacific’s Home Plate
An additional venue has added at Union Pacific’s Home Plate located across from TD Ameritrade Park. During Railroad Days, visitors are invited to view Union Pacific’s No. 4014, the “Big Boy” steam locomotive and explore the Experience Union Pacific rail car. The Big Boy’s return to the rails is the product of more than two years of meticulous restoration work by the Union Pacific Steam Team. No. 4014 is the world’s only operating Big Boy locomotive. The Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car is a new, multi-media walk-through exhibition providing a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. Through sound, images and interactive technology, visitors learn how Union Pacific trains transport fresh apples across the country using cutting-edge technology. The exhibit also steps back in time, detailing the hard work and know-how that went into building the transcontinental railroad, and the evolution of locomotives, beginning with the world-famous UP No. 119 and leading to today’s diesel powerhouses.
Home Plate will be open 9AM-5PM Saturday and 9AM-Noon Sunday:
- Viewing Hours: Both the No. 4014 and the Experience Car will be open for public viewing during the event until 4PM on Saturday and on Sunday until 11AM.
- After 11AM on Sunday, July 14, the display area will close and the public will move a safe distance before the train moves.
- Access to the Home Plate area during Railroad Days requires an event wristband (paid admission).
- Parking is not available at Union Pacific’s Home Plate. However, parking is available at nearby CHI Health Center Convention Center in Lot D at a cost of $8 (cash or credit) per vehicle. For ADA parking use Lot D at the Convention Center or park at another venue and take the ADA bus to Home Plate. To view a map of the Convention Center campus visit chihealthcenteromaha.com/Directionsparking.aspx
Please note that due to its historic nature, Union Pacific’s Heritage Passenger Fleet equipment — including the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car — is not ADA accessible. For more information about No. 4014, visit up.com/heritage/steam/
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During Railroad Days, botanical meets mechanical at Lauritzen Gardens. Get up close and personal with two of the greatest locomotives to ever power Union Pacific Railroad at Kenefick Park. Stand in awe at Centennial No. 6900, one of the most powerful diesel-electric locomotives ever built, and Big Boy No. 4023, one of the world’s largest steam locomotives. Visit the model railroad garden to discover seven bridge-chugging, tunnel-zooming G-scale train lines winding through replicas of Omaha’s favorite landmarks.
Small children can enjoy complimentary rides on a classic 1949 King Amusement Company On-Track Train Ride. With Gn15, H, N, and O-scale model train exhibits, a working rail yard made entirely from LEGO® bricks, railroad ditties from entertainer Paul Siebert, as well as children’s activities, The Great Gnome Escape summer scavenger hunt, and 100 acres of display gardens, there is plenty to capture the visitors’ imagination and celebrate all things train and track.
THE DURHAM MUSEUM
801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
For this year’s Railroad Days, “Freight Train” Frank will be back at The Durham playing railroad songs, so sit back and enjoy the music or grab an instrument and get in on the fun! Visit House of Trains on Track Level to view model trains and have the chance to speak one-on-one with model railroad experts. Missouri Valley Free-Mo will transform The Swanson Gallery into a massive model railroad display depicting actual locations in the Midwest! Guests will be able to take advantage of the museum’s current travelling exhibition, Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, and see “Scotty” the largest and oldest T.rex ever discovered plus, 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens, including 5 complete tyrannosaurs cast skeletons.
Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by Union Pacific Railroad as the showpiece to the city of its headquarters. Considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, and now an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country. The Durham Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Enjoy an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940’s storefronts, HO Model trains, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region and the Byron Reed collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. During your stay be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain! For information about The Durham Museum please visit the museum’s website at www.DurhamMuseum.org.
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD MUSEUM
200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA
Visitors are invited to reflect on the 150thanniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad through the exhibit, “Hidden Histories of the Transcontinental Railroad.”Artifacts on display include official proclamations from the City of Council Bluffs and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognizing the 150thanniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, as well as an expanded display of artifacts celebrating Council Bluffs, Iowa, as Union Pacific’s Mile 0. During Railroad Days, special Chinese Lion Dance performances by the Jing Mo Tong Athletic Association will be presented on the hour from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in addition to cultural exhibitions hosted by the Nebraska Chinese Association.
HISTORIC GENERAL DODGE HOUSE
605 Third Street, Council Bluffs, IA
One of Council Bluffs’ most famous residents, General Grenville M. Dodge has been called “the greatest railroad builder of all time,“ having surveyed over 100,000 miles of line. A Civil War General, Dodge’s involvement in political, financial, and military affairs made him an associate of many of the most influential Americans of his time and counsel to presidents, with five presidents spending time in his home.
In 1869, Dodge built his handsome Victorian home at the cost of $35,000, a lavish sum for the day. The home was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1961 and opened as a museum in 1964. Our new exhibit will allow visitors a glimpse of how people in Dodge’s day spent their leisure time.
RAILSWEST RAILROAD MUSEUM
1512 South Main Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503
The RailsWest Railroad Museum, located in the historic Rock Island Depot, features displays and artifacts from the numerous rail lines that passed through Council Bluffs. Outside in the train yard, visitors are invited to climb aboard the old steam engines. Walk through the Omaha Club car that stopped in Council Bluffs, or imagine themselves riding along behind the train in the 1918 cupola style caboose or in the 1967 bay window style caboose. Visitors can also be a part of the 1st Annual Live Garden Scale Steam Up in the train yard. There is always plenty to see and do while visiting the RailsWest Railroad Museum.