Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

4.5
History Museum · Specialty Museum
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 various Hollywood studios, where they were used in movies and television. The museum is operated by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Opened in 1980, it was originally named the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Museum, often shortened to V&T Railroad Museum, but was renamed the Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1985.
Museum activities consist of operation of historic 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge and 3 ft (914 mm) 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 exhibit is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. This event, referred to as 'the Golden Spike' took place in Promontory Point, Utah in 1869. The museum has the last surviving piece of rolling stock that was at that event, Coach #17. This was the private coach of Leland Stanford and it carried the gold spike from California and silver spike from Nevada to Promontory Point.

The Wabuska Depot, a historic station from Wabuska, Nevada was relocated to the museum grounds. The building is still used as a working railroad station where tickets for the museum train rides are purchased.
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  • Took grandson who hadn't been in a few years. Loved looking at the trains, maps, manipulatives, and hearing the stories.  more »
  • We've been to several railroad museums, and none of them seem to disappoint. This one, however, might top all of the others due to its historical values. We arrived when they opened at 9am, and...  more »
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  • A super cool museum that we stopped by on our way home from Tahoe. The items on display are very cool, but it felt a little abbreviated. I understand that they do quite a bit outside but nothing was going on the day we were there. I still recommend stopping by though!
  • What a great place for a reasonably priced family outing. Took 8 year old for train ride, worth every penny. Volunteers answer any and all questions and provide valuable info on trains you ride plus others available. Time on ride exceeded expectations.

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