Based at Heber City, Utah, the Heber Valley Railroad is a heritage railroad that was built to connect Heber City to Provo, Utah. Originally, it was part of the Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad branch line.
Now a days, it operates scenic excursion passenger trains on a 16 mile journey between Heber City and Vivian Park in Provo Canyon.
The UP #618 which was originally built for the Oregon Short Line Railroad Company as #1068 where it served from 1907 to 1915.
Union Pacific acquired #1068 in 1915 and promptly renumbered it #618.
The Heber Valley Railroad operates year round, weather permitting, and carries over 94,000 passengers per year!
The UP #618 is also known as a 2-8-0 Consolidation type locomotive whereby the first 2 wheels are unpowered pony truck wheels, followed by 8 powered driving wheels with no rear wheels which are typically under the cab. Hence, it is consolidated.
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Let us know if you have ever had the chance to take an excursion on the Heber Valley Railroad! We would love to hear about your experience!