Friday, Dec. 1: Working on the Railroad Exhibit Grand Opening (5-7 p.m.)

The Union Pacific Museum is celebrating the grand opening of a new, permanent exhibit “Working on the Railroad” on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-7 p.m. during Family Night at the Museum. The exhibit’s debut will follow an official ribbon cutting by Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh and Union Pacific Museum Association President, David Bills. The public is invited to attend this special event that will include the chance to meet current Union Pacific employees and learn what it takes to work on the railroad every day. See if you are strong enough to lift a rail, take a turn in the engineer’s seat operating a train with the latest in safety features and see how fast you can build a train with an interactive touch-screen game. Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to discuss rail safety. The Council Bluffs Public Library Youth Department will be hosting story time with train-themed stories. The prize drawing for families that have attended 7 or more Family Nights, and have the punch card to prove it, in 2017 will be at 6 p.m. You must be present to win. The 2017 Family Night prize is 6 tickets on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, in Boone, Iowa. 

Union Pacific Railroad is a vibrant and progressive organization connecting communities throughout America. It is more than 40,000 men and women, working together every day to safely deliver the goods that fuel every American’s daily life. It is workers on the tracks, on the trains, in the yards and in the offices throughout our country, connecting more than two-thirds of America by rail. It is your neighbors, who by day are our Maintenance of Way (MOW) employees, mechanical engineers, marketing representatives, diesel mechanics, electricians, yard employees, dispatchers, locomotive engineers, conductors and operations managers.

Family Nights at the Museum are hosted the first Friday of every month from 5-7 p.m. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the museum’s interactive displays on railroading and the history of the West, Family Nights feature unique arts or learning opportunities for the entire family. Family Night on Jan. 5 is “Pajama Night at the Museum!” Admission is free to all family nights; however, donations are gladly accepted.

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