The Spencer S. and Hope F. Eccles Rail Center was dedicated as an addition to the Utah State Railroad Museum in 1989. Spencer S. and Hope F. Eccles had long family ties to the railroad and continued their heritage through Union Station’s Rail Center. Spencer S. Eccles was the son of David Eccles, former Mayor of Ogden who heavily influenced railroading. Spencer himself was the National Chef de Gare of the American Legion’s “forty-and-eights.” Hope F. Eccles had deep ties to Ogden, where she became “Miss Ogden” for Ogden’s Wild West Days Rodeo.
The rail center allows viewers to experience the sheer immensity of locomotives up close. On display are locomotives, switch engines, boxcars, cabooses, and a steam powered rotary snowplow. Viewers are encouraged to step into two of our cars, a World War II hospital car and a mail car, to experience what it was like for train passengers and workers. This experience is available during the summer when staffed.