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Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

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The Nevada State Railroad Museum, located in Carson City, Nevada, preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada, including locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Much of the museum equipment was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were often featured in movies and television. The museum is operated by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.Museum activities consist of operation of historic and narrow gauge railroad equipment, including train rides, handcar rides, lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, changing exhibits, and a variety of special events. The Museum also has an ongoing research and restoration program. The Museum's most recent event is the rebuilding of the interpretation center and possibly the HO scale model railroad operated by the Carson Model Railroaders who operate the Mills Park Railroad.The Wabuska Railroad Station, a historic station from Wabuska, Nevada was relocated to the museum grounds. The building is, in essence, still used as a working railroad station where tickets for the museum train rides are purchased.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this museum on a Monday morning. The entrance is very reasonable, and by the time you have finished I will be surprised if many fail to donate an extra amount to support...  more »
  • The Nevada State Railroad Museum is a place where you can get a taste of what past transportation was like. There are rail cars there that will please any age range. A great place to visit for familie...  more »
  • Your passion and stories made for a very memorable experience. You guys are the type I'd like to have dinner with and just listen to your stories. Keep up the good work.  more »
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  • Wonderful displays. The attendants are very knowledgeable and will talk to you about the trains and their history. It's also fun to ride on the trains that take you around the property. Great place for kids and adults.
  • Great stop .. I have been to railroad museums in many states from coast to coast, border to border, but have for the first time seen something different in this museum. The traffic light and your GPS may at the entry be somewhat confusing as if you are coming from Reno going west you may end up turning left at the light, do not, go straight though and you will be at the museum's parking lot. If heading north toward Reno, then turn left at the light. The entry fee is modest and the displays inside the building include unique cars and engines {about 5 or 6 } and over a dozen models. There are placards that describe the history of the Nevada Railroads and touch screen movies of the various routes that were or are in Nevada. Plan on spending about an hour, and do take a walk over to the 'turntable'. This turntable is 'hand-turned' and includes both narrow and wide gauge track that is very unique and frankly the only one of the kind we have ever seen.
  • It's much bigger than it looks. Lots of cool info and great exhibits. Hand cart rides are free. Train rides are very reasonable.
  • To find out that 90% of all the workers are volunteers blew me away. They are all very knowledgeable and friendly. Ask them anything about the trains and they will answer it.
  • Smaller railroad museum, but has a number of interesting displays, along with a train ride. Located downtown with places to neat nearby. Easily accessible and inexpensive. Great for the railfan.

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