PROMONTORY SUMMIT — A plume of white steam brought out the bright beauty of the red-and-maroon-trimmed No. 119 locomotive Saturday at the Golden Spike National Historic Site.
“Listen to that,” said Ron Wilson, train engineer, who spoke as the Union Pacific No. 119 locomotive chuffed down the tracks with its own distinctive motion. “She’s talking to me.”
The Winter Steam Festival gives visitors a chance to see the steam locomotives in action in the same place where the transcontinental railroad was completed in May 1869. It’s also a great place for people to take out-of-town relatives, said Tammy Beason, U.S. National Park Service chief ranger for the historic site.