Utah scenic tour train creeps off the tracks

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HEBER CITY — No one was injured Saturday morning when a train, the former "Heber Creeper," left the tracks near 650 South and 800 West around 10 a.m.

Heber City police spokeswoman Tammy Thacker said the derailment was likely caused by a failed switching mechanism on the historic rail line. Thacker said the incident was minor and the first of any kind affecting the railroad this year.

No passengers were injured in the incident, she reported.

Thacker wasn't able to offer an estimate of how long repairs will take following the mishap.

The scenic tour-focused Heber Valley Railroad can trace its roots back to freight and passenger service that operated from the late 1800s through the late 1960s carrying freight and passengers from Heber City down Provo Canyon to the Wasatch Front.


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