Railroad Days 2009

801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
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For this year’s Railroad Days, The Durham Museum will showcase Union Pacific’s Missouri Pacific Heritage locomotive and the Air Forced One snow blaster. The Air Forced One (AF1) snow removal system's jet-powered air blasts snow off switches and tracks in blizzard conditions. The equipment uses cool air rather than hot air, which would melt the snow, creating ice and runoff. Eighteen Air Forced One units operate throughout Union Pacific's system. The Heritage locomotive features a two-tone blue and white color scheme that honors Missouri Pacific and combines the buzz saw logo and screaming eagle graphic introduced in the 1960s. The design implies both power and speed. The equipment will be located trackside for guests to see up close and take photographs. Plus, visit with Union Pacific staff and see high-tech track maintenance equipment.

“Freight Train” Frank will be back at The Durham playing railroad songs, so sit back and enjoy the music or grab an instrument and get in on the fun yourself!  Visit House of Trains and Missouri Valley Free-Mo on Track Level to view model trains and have the chance to speak one-on-one with model railroad experts. Guests can explore the museum’s summer exhibition, Top Secret: License to Spy. The exhibit features an immersive way for visitors to interact with more than 20 displays as they progress through the exhibition. Upon arrival, each visitor receives a “Spy File” containing a scenario and a list of six suspects. The visitor is challenged with gathering intelligence from selected exhibits to uncover information on the suspects, leading them on a journey of discovery, puzzles and intrigue.

Beautiful architecture blends with memories of a time gone by at the historic Durham Museum. Opened in 1931, Union Station was built by Union Pacific Railroad as the showpiece to the city of its headquarters. Considered one of Omaha’s most unique treasures, and now an official National Historic Landmark, the station is one of the best examples of art deco architecture in the country. The Durham Museum offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Enjoy an extraordinary array of permanent exhibits including restored train cars, 1940’s storefronts, HO Model trains, numerous artifacts showing the history of the region and the Byron Reed collection, which includes some of the world’s rarest coins and documents. During your stay be sure to stop by the authentic soda fountain and enjoy a phosphate or malt. The Durham is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and has close ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives, and Chicago’s Field Museum.