Railroad museum offers weekend of ‘Steampunk ‘n’ Trains’

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Science fiction fantasy and historic reality will come together June 10-11 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Father and son Eric, right, and Alex Bevans dressed the part and enjoyed a ride on the McKeen Motor Car during the first Steampunk ‘n’ Trains event at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City in 2016. This year’s event has been expanded to a full weekend, June 10-11. Photo by Rebecca Bevens provided by Nevada State Railroad Museum
Or to put it simply: Steampunk meets steam trains. For the second consecutive year, “Steampunk ‘n’ Trains” offers a weekend of activities including train rides, food trucks, a crafts fair, fashion show and music. Participants can ride on historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment, including the McKeen Motor Car and V&T No. 25 locomotive. Museum officials didn’t know quite what to expect when the event debuted last year. “In 2016, the museum introduced the Steampunk ‘N’ Trains event and it ended up being really popular,” said Adam Michalski, curator of education at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. “So this year, we’ve expanded it to the entire weekend to give our visitors more opportunities to enjoy it.” Steampunk is defined as a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. The 1999 film “The Wild Wild West,” which starred Will Smith and Kevin Kline, was an homage to Steampunk. The Nevada State Railroad Museum is home to several steam-powered locomotives and is the only museum in existence to feature working 1875 narrow-gauge and standard gauge locomotives – the Glenbrook and Inyo, respectively. The V&T No. 25 locomotive, which pulls passenger cars regularly at the museum, is also steam powered. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Steampunk attire and enjoy the festivities. Wristbands for the Steampunk ‘n’ Trains event are $15 for adults 18 and older; $10 for museum members; $5 for children ages 4-17; and free for children 3 and under. They include museum admission and unlimited rides for the day. For more information contact the museum at (775) 687-6953 x224.