Model A’s and the HVRR

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UVMAC members and their families had the opportunity to spend the day experiencing travel in the days before the conveniences of automobile travel; aboard the Heber Valley Railroad.

After rendezvousing at Harmons in Orem, we started our 5 car convoy up Provo canyon. The sky was overcast and dark with low lying clouds covering the mountain tops, but the canyon was still beautiful as ever! Enjoying the lush green foliage while following behind Richard with his Alaska plates, one would think that they were no longer in Utah, a nice break from our typically dry weather.

After winding through the canyon we crested the grade at Deer Creek dam and continued on following the shoreline of the reservoir. We then made our way through the country side of Midway until we reached our destination in Heber, the HVRR depot. Bud had somehow managed to catch up with us in his coupe at the depot, and Carlson’s pulled in shortly; after bringing our numbers to 7 cars. After a quick photo op, we boarded the train compliments of club member and conductor Cliff.

After departing from Heber, we enjoyed a 2 hour trip back in time through the fields of Midway and along the backside of mount Timpanogos. During our trip we encountered bandits, enjoyed live music as well as great comradery of our club members.

After returning back to Heber, we visited a popular hang out spot, Dairy Keen. Popular for its good food, delicious shakes, and of course the G scale train that winds its way throughout the restaurant. Up to this point, mother nature had showed mercy on us, but our luck had run out when the rain started coming down and would not let up. The drive up was beautiful, but the ride down was an adventure. We all know how well, or should we say not at all, Model A windshield wipers work. With rain falling combined with road spray from the passing trucks, there was not much scenery to be seen. We were just happy to be able to see the road in front of us. Although it was wet, the drive down the canyon was uneventful and we all made it safely.

Thanks to all who attended, and a special thanks to Cliff for making all of the arrangements and pulling off a successful event.

One comment to Model A’s and the HVRR

  • Greg  says:

    This was an awesome trip, well worth it even in the rain! I must say that I was quite surprised at how well the Model A handled the canyon at speed. The main problem wasn’t about power on the the grades, but instead, dealing with the slinky effect of the convoy.

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