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Golden Spike National Historical Park will host the 2019 Winter Steam Festival. The steam locomotive Jupiter will make five demonstration runs throughout the day at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. On Monday the 30th the Jupiter will make three runs at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. The cold air allows the visitors to see more steam pour from the locomotive than they would in the summer months. This is a unique opportunity to see a steam locomotive in winter.
A hand car and motor car will be available for rides on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Rides on the handcar are limited to those five years and up. Free hot chocolate will be provided by our volunteer staff.
A ranger program, “It’s Snow Challenge: Snow Removal on the Transcontinental Railroad” will educate visitors on how snow was cleared from the tracks and the difficulties encountered by the Central Pacific Railroad as they built across the Sierra Nevada Mountains.