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 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 current exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad, featuring V&T Coach No. 17, which was originally built for the Central Pacific Railroad and had carried Leland Stanford to the Golden spike ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah.

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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  • I really enjoyed walking among the railroad cars. Be sure to visit the annex building. You can get on the cars there. The young man working in the annex was very helpful.  more »
  • The staff and volunteers were wonderful, so helpful and full of answers for any questions you may have. I was lucky and went on a day when they had enough volunteers to have the annex open which was.....  more »
  • 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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