RAILROAD HERITAGE PARK

History of Railroad Heritage Park

Railroad Heritage Park in downtown Laramie, Wyoming

Railroad Heritage Park in downtown Laramie, Wyoming

A closeup of the model of our 1950s snow train. From bottom to top: Snow plow, engine, bunk car, caboose. The train is on a slight curve facing south (eastbound).

A closeup of the model of our 1950s snow train. From bottom to top: Snow plow, engine, bunk car, caboose. The train is on a slight curve facing south (eastbound).

Railroad Heritage Park began construction in 2009 and brings together four pieces of railroad equipment currently scattered in various places around Laramie, Wyoming. It is a great train: A snow plow, engine, bunk car and caboose – a 1950s snow train assembled to keep the rail lines open in the fierce Wyoming winters. It is a tribute to the hard working men and women of Laramie and the West who braved the elements to keep the other trains running. The train not only serves a historical function, but it also is “coherent”, meaning that it could have existed in the real world, operating in exactly this assemblage. This makes display rare, valuable, and a potentially strong tourist attraction.

This is a scale model of the Depot and Railroad Heritage Park. The Union Pacific mainline is to the top of the model, while First Street is along the bottom edge. The train consists of (from left to right) the snow plow, engine, bunk car, caboose. Unmodeled portions of the scene are whited out.

This is a scale model of the Depot and Railroad Heritage Park. The Union Pacific mainline is to the top of the model, while First Street is along the bottom edge. The train consists of (from left to right) the snow plow, engine, bunk car, caboose. Unmodeled portions of the scene are whited out.