All Aboard! Spend the Night in a Restored Railroad Car

Written by on December 6, 2017 in UT Cities, Dining, Lodging - Comments Off on All Aboard! Spend the Night in a Restored Railroad Car

Being an avid fan of the old West, AMC’s epic western “Hell on Wheels” soon became one of this writer’s all-time favorite TV shows.  The plot involved the painstaking ordeals of which the Great Transcontinental Railroad line endured as it headed west from Council Bluffs, Iowa between 1863-1869.  The Union Pacific line forged its way through Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming while the Central Pacific Line trudge its way from Sacramento, California, trudging through the obstacle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The show’s finale showcased with the Central Pacific Line meeting with the Union Pacific Line for the ceremony of driving the last spike at Promontory Point, Utah

After faithfully watching the trials and tribulations of the characters on the series for six years, it was not easy to let go.  Owning all six seasons of the “Hell on Wheels” on DVD was not enough.  It was time to pack up the car and find closure at the end of the line — Promontory Point was echoing my name!

The railroad cars that compile Caboose Village Resort near Marysville, Utah is one of the best accommodations a railroad enthusiast can spend the night while on their journey to Promontory Point. Caboose Village Resort is located approximately 1/3 mile north of Big Rock Candy Mountain. The circle of refurbished passenger cars, dining cars, cabooses, or box cars is a perfect tribute to our ancestors who forged their way across the country and encountered enemies, plagues and discerning weather. This is the place where guests can sleep in a train car and dream of the clickily clack rhythm of the rails without moving a mile!  There are seven train cars to choose from — each has been refurbished into one of the most unique lodging units in the Southwest!

All of the vintage cars have views of the Sevier River and of course Big Rock Candy Mountain. It is close to the Paiute ATV trail and bike trails. Hiking, restaurants, rafting and ziplining adventures are conveniently nearby to make your stay even more exciting. Visitors are amazed of the size of the accommodations once they walk through the door of the train compartment!

All of the train cars have Queen beds, full bathrooms with showers, flat screen TV’s, microwaves, and mini refrigerators.  The larger units also have pull sofa beds, full kitchenettes, and jacuzzies.  Railroad travel back in the early days never had it so good!  All aboard!

Caboose Village Resort
4479 N Highway 89
Sevier County, UT  84750

About the Author

Debe Branning has been the director of the MVD Ghostchasers--a Mesa/Bisbee, AZ based paranormal team since 1994. The team conducts investigations of haunted, historical locations throughout Arizona and has offered paranormal workshop/investigations since 2002. Debe has been a guest lecturer at Ottawa University, Central Arizona College, Arizona State University, Scottsdale Community College, and South Mountain Community College. She has been a speaker at science fiction conventions such as Phoenix ComiCon, CopperCon, FiestaCon, HauntedCon and AZParacon. Debe has been the guest speaker at many historical societies and libraries talking about historic/haunted Arizona. She has appeared in an episode of “Streets of Fear” for which aired October 2009 and on an episode of TRAVEL CHANNEL'S "Ghost Stories" about haunted Jerome, Arizona in July 2010. She recently appeared as an extra in the 2017 horror movie “The Covenant”. She enjoys assisting in the research field for various Travel Channel TV shows such as ‘Ghost Stories’, ‘Haunted Highway’, and ‘Deadly Possessions’ and MTV’s ‘Fear’. She has traveled, toured and investigated at haunted locations across the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland and Mexico. Debe is the author of “Sleeping With Ghosts-A Ghost Hunter’s Guide to AZ’s Haunted Hotels and Inns” (2004), "Grand Canyon Ghost Stories" (2012), "The Graveyard Shift--Arizona's Historic and Haunted Cemeteries" (2012), "Dining With the Dead--Arizona's Historic and Haunted Restaurants and Cafes" (2017) and a series of three children's books, "The Adventures of Chickolet Pigolet: 1. “The Bribe of Frankenbeans" ----2. "Murmur on the Oink Express" ----3. "You Ought to be in Pig-tures". For 7 years Debe penned 3 columns for titled: “Phoenix Travel Adventures,” “Arizona Haunted Sites” and "Haunted Places" so travelers could know where they might find a ghost or two when they visited Arizona and the United States. She was the Managing Editor of “Paranormal Investigator Magazine.” As a paranormal travel writer, Debe traveled to Europe to cover haunted castles, jails, ships, inns, cemeteries and ghost walking tours. She has been the guest of several US tourism departments such as Carlsbad, Historic Hotels of the Rockies, Salem, and Biloxi. Debe is a preservation activist with a special interest in preserving historic cemeteries. She is on the board of directors of the Pioneers' Cemetery Association and the Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Association of Gravestones Studies in Arizona.

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