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The Promontory, a Union Pacific 1962-vintage baggage car, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum and will be on display for the public at Bailey Yard during Rail Fest.

It is part of the railroad’s 150th Anniversary Celebration.

Complete with 13 large, dramatic graphics and the latest in interactive touch video screen technology, the Promontory will immerse visitors in Union Pacific's 150-year history.

People can catch a bus from Cody Park to tour Bailey Yard and see the Promontory, plus locomotive No. 844 and a half-dozen other historic locomotives.

The tour and bus rides are free but reservations are recommended to minimize the wait. Reserve a bus seat at (308) 534-3648.

On the Promontory, you can interact with history via a 65-inch touch video screen highlighting many of the 27 communities that the rail car has visited in 2012.

The video screen features an interactive map showing the Union Pacific system from 1869 to the present.

The 150-year railroad timeline, from 1862 to present, also is available in a touch-screen kiosk.

According to UP, several artifacts from the permanent Union Pacific Railroad Museum are displayed, including:

• Archaeological finds from Ft. McPherson, which was built to protect construction crews from attacks by Great Plains tribal bands;

• Replicas of the Golden and Arizona spikes, presented at Promontory Summit, Utah, in 1869;

• Several railroad construction tools and remnants from 1862-1869; and

• Stereo cards from Union Pacific's collection that when viewed through a special device renders them in 19th Century 3-D.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/13/2012
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