Highlighted by tours, tournaments and textiles, the first Utah State Railroad Festival kicked off Friday at Ogden's historic Union Station.

The three-day event debuted with the model railroad fair; practice runs for the Utah State Tournament Handcar Race; tours of the station museums, and a textile exhibit in the Myra Powell Gallery.Other events on Friday included the scheduled arrival of the Union Pacific 8444 steam locomotive at 5:15 p.m. and the grand opening of the Spencer S. and Hope Fox Eccles Railroad Center.

Today's events include the time trials for the handcar races from 8 a.m. to noon; a noon showing of the film "Silver Streak," the original movie by that name, about the first diesel locomotive; a performance by the Renaissance Chamber Ensemble, also at noon; departure of the 8444 to Pocatello, Idaho, at 2 p.m.; and the films "Jesse James" at 4 p.m. and "How the West was Won" at 7 p.m.

The celebration opens Sunday with the handcar race finals at 10 a.m.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children under the age of 12.