Prototype Tours

There will be several opportunities to witness reenactments of the Driving of the Golden Spike along with other prototype tours.

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N2010 – Promontory Summit – There & Back, Mon Jul 8, 7:00 AM – 3:15 PM

Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit. You will witness a re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike, and some of you will be called upon to play some of the key participants in this historic event (scripts and costumes will be provided). Lunch provided


N2030 – Great Saltair + Great Salt Lake Marina + Kennecott, Mon Jul 8, 9:30 AM – 3:45 PM

Great Saltair – Saltair is a 4600 capacity all ages concert and events venue that offers all the ambiance and accommodations promoters look for. We’ll visit Saltair III and hear the history of Saltair I and Saltair II and the Salt Lake, Garfield and Western Railway which served to bring visitors to the resort

Great Salt Lake Marina – Great Salt Lake State Marina offers spectacular views of sunsets over the Great Salt Lake, a search and rescue operations center, and provides marina access for sailors, sculling enthusiasts, other boaters, and bird watchers. A remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, the Great Salt Lake covers more than 2,000 square miles and is two to seven times saltier than the ocean. spend time at the visitor center to learn about The Great Salt Lake and the mining operations visible from the marina. The giant smokestack is used by sailors to get back to the marina. We’ll have enough time for lunch at the picnic pavilion and to take a stroll down to the water’s edge to catch some brine shrimp and wade in the salty water. A shower is available if you want to bring your swimsuit and float.

Kennecott – Rio Tinto Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest artificially made excavation in the world and is visible to the naked eye from an orbiting space shuttle. Employing some 2,000 workers, 450,000 short tons of material are removed from the mine daily. Electric shovels can carry up to 56 cubic yards or 98 short tons of ore in a single scoop. Ore is loaded into a fleet of 64 large dump trucks which each carry 255 short tons of ore at a time; the trucks themselves cost about $3 million each. There is a five-mile series of conveyors that take ore to the Copperton concentrator and flotation plant. The longest conveyor is 3 miles long.


N2060 – Heber Valley Railroad – Dinner & Shoot Out, Mon Jul 8, 4:15 PM – 9:45 PM

Enjoy this fun and family friendly 90 minute evening train ride through the Heber Valley and along the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir. This wonderful train ride includes sing-a-longs, low cost foods and treats, and many other surprises in store. BBQ Dinner at the depot and Private Car on the Monday Night Train


N3010 – Soldier Summit + Skyline Coal Mine + Helper & Castle Gate, Tue Jul 9, 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Lunch is provided, stop for dinner at your cost in Provo


N3020 – Promontory Summit + Lee Nicholas, Tue Jul 9, 7:00 AM – 4:15 PM

Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit. You will witness a re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike, and some of you will be called upon to play some of the key participants in this historic event (scripts and costumes will be provided). On the way back we will stop to view Lee Nicholas’ awesome layout. Lunch is provided.


N4020 – Promontory Summit – Afternoon, Wed Jul 10, 1:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit. You will witness a re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike, and some of you will be called upon to play some of the key participants in this historic event (scripts and costumes will be provided).


N5010 – Evanston Roundhouse + FreeMo Display, Thu Jul 11, 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

Tour the restored roundhouse at Evanston, WY and take a turntable ride.
Also view the FreeMo display inside the Machine Shop. Lunch is provided.


N5020 – Promontory Summit – There & Back, Thu Jul 11, 7:00 AM – 3:15 PM

Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit. You will witness a re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike, and some of you will be called upon to play some of the key participants in this historic event (scripts and costumes will be provided). Lunch provided


N6010 – Heber Valley Railroad – Princess & Pirates & Dinner, Fri Jul 12, 5:25 PM – 9:45 PM

This fun 90 minute round trip includes pink lemonade in tea cup and cupcakes, a visit with Anna, Elsa, and Belle, and Rapunzel on board, as well as pirates! Wear your princess, or pirate costume and come and have some fun! BBQ Dinner and Private car on the 7:00 PM Princess and Pirate train.


N7010 – Promontory Summit + ATK, Sat Jul 13, 7:00 AM – 4:40 PM

Visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory Summit. You will witness a re-enactment of the driving of the Golden Spike, and some of you will be called upon to play some of the key participants in this historic event (scripts and costumes will be provided).

As an added attraction a drive by of the ATK facility (they build the Shuttle Booster rockets among other things). Lunch provided.


N7020 – Heber Valley Railroad – Deer Creek Express + Train Robbery, Sat Jul 13, 5:15 PM – 9:45 PM

This 90 minute trip offers incredible views of the Wasatch Mountains, the wide-open vistas of Deer Creek Reservoir, and the beautiful Heber Valley. The Deer Creek Express departs from the depot, follows the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir to Decker Bay, and returns. Food is available for purchase on board the train.


P3010 – UTA TRAX Jordan River Service Center – Tue, 9 Jul – 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

UTA’s Jordan River maintainance facility has been planned as a very special experience for conventioneers. Catch a ride on a special TRAX car and get off at the Jordan River Service Center. No other pickups along the way. You will disembark the train and be escorted on the tour. When your tour is complete, you get back on the train and go directly back to where you originally got on.

We will start out with a safety meeting before the tours starts, usually 5-10 minutes with safety helmets and safety vests issued prior to tours. Breaking into smaller groups, tours will visit many interesting areas of the facility.

General Rules: No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, no weapons, no strollers, no back packs, duffel bags, or cases (all bags subject to search by UTA). Photography is allowed, unless noted by UTA Staff – no tripods permitted. The facility is NOT ADA compliant. Shirts are required. The tour is conducted in a maintenance shop environment where grease, dirt, and other soiled surfaces may be encountered. Dress appropriately.


P3020 – UTA FrontRunner Shops & Golden Spike Model RR Club – Tue, 9 Jul – 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

We will tour the FrontRunner, commuter rail shop facilities. Breaking into smaller groups, tours will visit various maintenance areas. A safety meeting will be scheduled before two tours starts, usually 5-10 minutes with safety helmets and safety vests issued prior to tours. No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops. Parts of this tour is not ADA compliant. There will be stairs and steep ramps to negotiate.

General Rules: No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, no weapons, no strollers, no back packs, duffel bags, or cases (all bags subject to search by UTA). Photography is allowed, unless noted by UTA Staff – no tripods permitted. The facility is NOT ADA compliant. Shirts are required. The tour is conducted in a maintenance shop environment where grease, dirt, and other soiled surfaces may be encountered. Dress appropriately.

Finally, we will visit The Golden Spike Train Club of Utah, the largest and oldest model railroad c!ub in Utah. About a 25 x 50 foot club HO and HOn3 layout that is loosely modeling the Ogden area in the 1950 to modern era. Multi level DCC. Entry is via steep, narrow stairway.


P5010 – UTA FrontRunner Shops & Golden Spike Model RR Club – Thu, 11 Jul – 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

We will tour the FrontRunner, commuter rail shop facilities. Breaking into smaller groups, tours will visit various maintenance areas. A safety meeting will be scheduled before two tours starts, usually 5-10 minutes with safety helmets and safety vests issued prior to tours. No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops. Parts of this tour is not ADA compliant. There will be stairs and steep ramps to negotiate.

General Rules: No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, no weapons, no strollers, no back packs, duffel bags, or cases (all bags subject to search by UTA). Photography is allowed, unless noted by UTA Staff – no tripods permitted. The facility is NOT ADA compliant. Shirts are required. The tour is conducted in a maintenance shop environment where grease, dirt, and other soiled surfaces may be encountered. Dress appropriately.

Finally, we will visit The Golden Spike Train Club of Utah, the largest and oldest model railroad c!ub in Utah. About a 25 x 50 foot club HO and HOn3 layout that is loosely modeling the Ogden area in the 1950 to modern era. Multi level DCC. Entry is via steep, narrow stairway.


P5020 – UTA TRAX Jordan River Service Center – Thu, 11 Jul – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

UTA’s Jordan River maintainance facility has been planned as a very special experience for conventioneers. Catch a ride on a special TRAX car and get off at the Jordan River Service Center. No other pickups along the way. You will disembark the train and be escorted on the tour. When your tour is complete, you get back on the train and go directly back to where you originally got on.

We will start out with a safety meeting before the tours starts, usually 5-10 minutes with safety helmets and safety vests issued prior to tours. Breaking into smaller groups, tours will visit many interesting areas of the facility.

General Rules: No high heels, open toe shoes, no sandals or flip-flops, no weapons, no strollers, no back packs, duffel bags, or cases (all bags subject to search by UTA). Photography is allowed, unless noted by UTA Staff – no tripods permitted. The facility is NOT ADA compliant. Shirts are required. The tour is conducted in a maintenance shop environment where grease, dirt, and other soiled surfaces may be encountered. Dress appropriately.