Golden Spike Historic Park gears up for annual Steam Fest – Cache Valley Daily
PROMONTOIRE SUMMIT – Golden Spike National Historic Park will be holding its 2021 Winter Steam Festival Tuesday through Thursday, December 28, 29 and 30.
The festival will feature the central Pacific locomotive Jupiter pushing steam through the air throughout the day. The colder the air, the larger the vapor cloud. Juniper will run about a mile of the world famous transcontinental railroad.
Golden Spike National Park is located 32 miles west of Brigham City on Highways 13 and 83, Promontory Summit, UT.
Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the roar of steam from the restored historic locomotive as they travel the transcontinental route. Hear the power of the train as it descends the track, see the steam locomotive at work, and feel the power of this historic machine.
Additional activities include cart rides, motor car rides, and a ranger program titled “It’s a Snow Problem: Snow Removal in the Sierra Nevada Mountains”. The Big Fill Hiking Trail, Big Fill Overlook, and East Auto Tour will also be open, weather permitting.
The park’s souvenir shop will be open to the public. Due to the pandemic, masks must be worn in the facility.
“They don’t call it a steam festival for nothing,” locomotive engineer Cole Chisam said at last year’s festival. “The cold, dense air of the headland mountains allows visitors to see clouds of steam coming out of the locomotive.”
Park Ranger Lucas Hugie said it was his favorite park event of the year, and it comes at a time when families are looking for a fun activity to do.
Updated information on winter hours for the Visitor Center, Park Store, and Engine Room is available on the park’s website or by contacting the park directly. Activities are subject to change based on weather conditions and mechanical operations.
For the most recent information, call the Visitor Center at (435) 471-2209 ext. 429 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Updates will also be posted on the site’s website, www.nps.gov/gosp/, and Facebook page.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:00 a.m. Opening of the reception center
10:00 a.m. Arrival of the Jupiter locomotive
10:30 am Railcar and motor car rides available
11:30 am Locomotive demonstration
1:00 p.m. Locomotive demonstration
2:00 pm Ranger program “It’s a snow problem: snow removal in the Sierra Nevada mountains”
3:00 p.m. Locomotive demonstration
4:00 p.m. Closure of the drive and car rides
4:30 p.m. Departure of the Jupiter locomotive
5:00 p.m. Closure of the reception center