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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  • We visited when they were preparing the steam engine train for a fall celebration. We watched them move the train to the depot to load the passengers. Some people were dressed in victorian clothes. A ...  more »
  • The staff and volunteers at the museum are very kind and helpful. The museum itself is fairly small, only a few rail cars and old steam engines. The ones they have are interesting and well maintained....  more »
  • A great "something to do" when you are in Reno and get tired of stuff there. It is an easy drive of about 30 miles, mostly 4 lane expressway. Although the focus is on the actual locomotives and cars i...  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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