Train Excursion Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

The Union Pacific Railroad Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Museum Special, an exclusive chance for the public to travel on Union Pacific’s heritage equipment across the mainline from Omaha to Columbus, Neb., roundtrip. Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., proceeds from this unique opportunity will directly benefit the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

No other railroad in this country has retained its historical equipment and honored its past like Union Pacific. Its fleet preservation speaks to the high value Union Pacific places on its heritage and its role in America’s history. Each historic passenger car is unique and chronicles a different chapter of Union Pacific’s past. For more than a century, these cars transported iconic individuals – including presidents, senators, generals, soldiers, artists, architects, singers and actors – who influenced and transformed America.
Share the adventure with us Aug. 13, 2017, as we trace the beginning of Union Pacific’s construction of the transcontinental railroad from Omaha to Columbus, Nebraska, on heritage equipment pulled by historic E-9 streamliner locomotives. This is a rare opportunity to travel on the Union Pacific mainline and relive the heyday of premium Union Pacific passenger service.
“It is opportunities like this that allow the Museum to continue to share the unique history of Union Pacific with the public,” said David Bills, president of the Union Pacific Museum Association, a 501 (c) 3 organization charged with sharing railroad history through exhibits and programming at the Museum. “We recognize the importance of the railroad industry to our region and share that heritage with more than 28,000 visitors annually, 40 percent of which come from outside of Nebraska and Iowa.”
Tickets will be available June 16, on a first-come, first-served basis, with fares starting at $250 for coach class. To learn more and to purchase tickets, please visit the website:


The Holiday Inn Hotel at the Ameristar Casino, in Council Bluffs,  is offering special rates and amenities to excursion ticket holders. Please call 712-322-5050 and ask for the 2017 Museum Special room block. Rooms are available on first-come, first-served basis.

The beautiful hotel and casino is located on the banks of the Missouri River.

Rooms include free wifi, breakfast, parking and  shuttle to and from the boarding site.. The shuttle can also be used to attend the museum reception on August 12 at the Union Pacific Museum.


Ticket holders are invited to a special reception the evening of August 12, 5-7 p.m. at the Union Pacific Museum.  This is a great chance to see the museum at your leisure and meet your fellow excursionists before we depart on Sunday morning.
The museum is located at 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 51503.
Light refreshments will be served.  Dress is casual.

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