Though the rails were once affectionately known by kids and railroad enthusiasts as the Heber Creeper, Heber Valley Railroad is the real thing.

Started in 1899 to serve pioneer settlers, it runs on the original Denver & Rio Grande Western rail line, along U.S. Highway 189 and across the valley floor, then down Provo Canyon to Vivian Park. Passengers on excursions with names like the Provo Canyon Limited, Lakeside Limited and Deer Creek Express ride in vintage (and heated) coaches that are pulled by restored locomotives.

One of the creepers under restoration is particularly renowned. The 1907 Baldwin Steam locomotive No. 75 has appeared in classic westerns alongside Kris Kristofferson, Brad Pitt and Charles Bronson.

Don’t let the gloom of winter keep you from enjoying a piece of Utah history this year. Evening rides scheduled this January and February include the Chocolate Lovers Train, Magic Train and Valentine’s Day Train.

For more information, visit hebervalleyrr.org.