Motor cars, muscle cars and music at Railroad Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – It will be a weekend of classics at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Aug. 19-20 – with a mix of music, railroad and automotive history.

The McKeen Motor Car was operated by the V&T Railroad until 1945 when it was sold off and turned into a diner until 1955.
The museum will be offering rides both days on its two motorized rail cars – the 1910 McKeen Motor Car and the 1926 Edwards Motor Car. Each will be alternating runs throughout the day and attendees can purchase all-inclusive wristbands that allow unlimited rides and museum admission. Built in 1910 by the McKeen Motor Car Company, the McKeen Motor Car – also known as Motor Car 22 – was operated by the V&T Railroad until 1945 when it was sold off and turned into a diner until 1955. It eventually was used as a storage space before it was donated to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1995 and restored over several years. In 2005, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. The Edwards Motor Car was built in 1926. It came to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1985 when the museum bought it from Short line Enterprises. On Saturday, Aug. 19, classic cars from the Karson Krusers Car Club will be on display at the museum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving visitors an opportunity to see some beautifully restored automobiles. The event also includes free concerts hosted in cooperation with the Jazz & Beyond Festival both days of the weekend. Colin Ross performs from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Dale Poune performs Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Wristbands for the 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.