You can almost hear the whistle blow and the chug, chug, chug of the old locomotive as you walk through the Tooele Valley Railroad Museum. Just a few blocks from the heart of downtown Tooele City, the museum embraces memories of the days when the community transitioned into the industrial age.

On the museum property is Engine #11, which you can climb aboard. It was one of the original steam engines that carried miners up to the International Smelting and Refining Company that overlooked Tooele Valley from 1910 to 1972. Inside the actual museum, which served as the railway’s station, you’ll find fascinating remnants of those mining days. Additional railcars next to the museum are filled with artifacts and memorabilia form World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The Tooele Valley Railroad Museum is open late May through Labor Day on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call (435) 882-2836 or see www.tooelecity.org and click on parks and recreation to link to the museum.

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