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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  • Carson City was a scenic place to visit. It’s close proximity to Lake Tahoe, Lake Washua and Reno made it a good place to stay. 
    Carson City was a scenic place to visit. It’s close proximity to Lake Tahoe, Lake Washua and Reno made it a good place to stay.  more »
  • The cars and engines were very well restored, with a fair number of RR related artifacts. If you are a RR buff, you need to stop in if in the area. Even some of the areas that would be off limits at.....  more
    The cars and engines were very well restored, with a fair number of RR related artifacts. If you are a RR buff, you need to stop in if in the area. Even some of the areas that would be off limits at.....  more »
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  • Are you a train nut? If yes then this is the place to be. Friendly staff greets you. Museum is well taken care of. Volunteers have so much restoration on engines and stock cars. I was there when they brought out the steamer for the first time in over a year. I even got to ride up front. Boy. It's hot in the cab. Fantastic
  • Great place to take the kids! Fabulously helpful and knowledgeable staff. A fun little museum store with decently priced souvenirs as well. We go at least once a year!

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