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Our Honeymoon Heber Valley Railroad 7/16/2020

by Chris Guenzler

We woke up at the Holiday Inn Express in Heber City. I showered and then packed up and we left and headed to McDonald's to go through the drive through then drove down to the old stations and parked across the street from them and had breakfast. After eating, photography took place.

The former Heber City station.

Utah Railway wooden caboose 53.

Heber City Rio Grande station. Since Elizabeth's car was in desperate need of cleaning, we visited a car wash then drove the short distance to the Heber Valley Railroad. We picked up our tickets at the station and were told the attendant of the car would tell us where our seats were in the open air car. I went out and took photographs while Elizabeth purchased a few souvenirs.

Boston and Maine GP9 77.

Steam generator car 448 from the British Columbia National Railway Historical Society.

Maine Central GP9 52 will be the power for our train today.

Maine Central 52 is heading to the front of today's train.

Maine Central 52 is backing onto the train.

Maine Central 52 on the point of the train.

US Steel Columbia Geneva Ironton Plant 0-6-0 300.

Our Private Shop Tour

While I was getting the car numbers of the train, Mark Nelson, Executive Director, walked out of the station and came up to us. He recognized Elizabeth and asked who I was. We made our introductions and he informed us of the reason they cannot go to Vivian Park at the moment. A slow geological event has occurred and during the fixing of it, a buried fibre optic cable was discovered, whose company had to come out to fix it before work could continue. He then asked us if we wanted a tour of the shops and we both said "yes" in unison, so we headed into the shops.

Heber Valley 2-8-0 618 former Union Pacific is in the shop being worked on.

Former Southern Pacific 112 "Cascade", part of the BC Chapter NRHS acquisition.

Heber Valley 618 wheel sets.

Next we went into this car also part of the BC Chapter NRHS acquisition.

Coach seating in this car.

There is a private room for groups of passengers also in this car.

Another view of the car. Mark then took us into the new building.

Former Great Northern car "New York".

Former VIA FP9 6300, part of the BC Chapter NRHS acquisition.

The tender of Heber Valley 2-8-0 618.

A former Union Pacific NW2 awaiting restoration.

Heber Valley coach 7510.

Another view of the tender of the 618.

Wheel sets of Great Western 2-8-0 75.

A former blunt-end observation car built for the Atlantic Coast Line. It was converted into an open platform car by a private owner.

Great Western 2-8-0 75.

Heber Valley Railroad business car 100.

The sign from the Rio Grande station's roof in Salt Lake City was recently acquired by the Heber Valley Railroad.

A former combine which the Heber Valley is going to convert into a wheelchair lift handicapped car.

Shop view.

Former US Army Davenport 44 ton switcher 1218.

The front of the new shop building. We thanked Mark for an excellent tour and he went off on his way and we headed to the front of the train for some pictures.

Elizabeth and our train.

Me and our train.

Union Pacific caboose 3950.

Our Train Trip

At 10:45 AM, we boarded our car which was the Grandview, a former Canadian Pacific fourteen section single sleeper. The consist of our train was Maine Central GP9 52, Grand View open car 360, Heber Valley table car 850 (former Atlantic Coast Line coach), former Canadian Pacific coach 802, UP combine 2700, Heber Valley coach 324 (former Lackawanna) and Minerva Scenic Railroad Village of Minevera 3227.

Abbey, who I worked with at last year's NRHS convention in the caboose, remembered me and said we could take any two seats we wanted in the car since we were the only two passengers assigned to this car. So I moved us to a left-handed foursome seat.

Our train tickets which were never punched due to fears of COVID-19 virus.

Elizabeth on the Heber Valley train in Heber City.

Me in the same coach. At 11:03 AM, the train started to move and Elizabeth and I joked about the derailment we lived through at last year's NRHS convention where we only went two-tenths of a mile.

Views as we left Heber.

Views on the outskirts of Heber of the surrounding countryside.

Views before the Deer Creek Reservoir.

The north end of the Deer Creek Reservoir.

Views as we travelled along the Deer Creek Reservoir on a beautiful day.

Elizabeth and the Deer Creek Reservoir.

The rest of the trip along the Deer Creek Reservoir.

The Deer Creek Reservoir dam. Here we dropped off some wild river rafters. Now the train will back up to the runaround tracks about a mile-and-a-half back toward Heber City.

The back up move to the runaround track.

Here at the runaround track, the engine cut off from the train.

The engine ran around the train.

The return trip along the Deer Creek Resevoir.

One of the last curves of the trip before we returned to Heber City. Here we detrained and I started working on the story by converting the pictures and numbering them and made the trip page while Elizabeth visited with Mike Manwiller, the Chief Mechanical Officer. This concludes our coverage of the Heber Valley Railroad. It had been a great trip aboard their train.