Union Pacific Museum in historic library provides an extensive corporate collection provided by UP and now occupies Council Bluffs’ former Carnegie Library, which the city vacated. Opened in 2003, it is operated by museum volunteers and provides an enjoyable educational experience of early and modern railroading. Informative displays, photos, and railroad equipment fills two floors with the gift shop/entrance in the sub-basement level. Admission is a free-will donation – and that’s well deserved. In one hall, a large, interactive display tells of building the line to Promontory Point, Utah - both from Omaha, NE and from Sacramento, CA, creating the first transcontinental route. Educational displays include the politics of the event, Abraham Lincoln’s involvement, displays of his passenger car, development of the towns along the route, working on the railroad, etc. Interactive displays include a simulated run in the Engineer’s seat while a movie of the track scenery rushes past the cab windows as if the Locomotive barrels down the track. A walk through one hall tells about railroad work, building track, the yard, dispatching trains, etc.