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Steam Train Rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

Steam Train Rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum!

Saturday & Sunday
July 29 & 30

Adults 12 & Over – $8.00
Children (Age 4 – 11) – $4.00
Children (Under 4) – FREE
Museum Members – Half Price
Cab Rides – $25.00

Train rides are round-trip from Wabuska Depot at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

First train departs at 10:00 a.m.

Last train departs at 4:00 p.m.

Rides run approximately every 40 minutes.

 

Motor Car Rides at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

1926 Edwards Motor Car Rides at The Nevada State Railroad Museum!

Saturday & Sunday
July 15 & 16, 22 & 23

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults 12 & Over – $4.00
Children (Age 4 – 11) – $2.00
Children (Under 4) – FREE
Museum Members – Half Price

Train rides are round-trip from Wabuska Depot at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

First train departs at 10:00 a.m.

Last train departs at 4:00 p.m.

Rides run approximately every 30 minutes.

 

USS Nevada commander, crewmen tour state museums

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Sailors from the USS Nevada nuclear submarine were in Carson City on Sunday for tours of the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Crewmen and family members from the submarine USS Nevada take a seat in the historic McKeen Motor Car at the Nevada State Railroad Museum on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Pictured from left to right are: Chief of Boat Adrian Watkins; Renee Watkins; Missile Technician Anthony Sasnett; Craig Williams, Reno Council Navy League; CDR Gene Severtson; Stacey Severtson; Machinist Mate Alexander Lund; and Ed Legier, Reno Council Navy League. Photo provided by Craig Williams/Reno Council Navy League

The group included Commanding Officer Gene Severtsen and Chief of Boat Adrian Watkins, the ship’s senior enlisted man, as well as other crewmen and their families. The Reno Council of the Navy League sponsored the “Namesake Visit” to Nevada, something it does every two years, said Craig Williams of the Reno Council.

The Nevada State Museum is the caretaker of scores of artifacts from the battleship USS Nevada, BB-36, which distinguished itself in World War II, and memorabilia from the submarine, which is completing its 30th year in service.

The submarine itself, which is based in Bangor, Wash., also holds photos and memorabilia from the battleship.

Peter Barton, administrator of the Division of Museums and History and Myron Freedman, Nevada State Museum director, led the submariners on the tour.

“They were extremely enthusiastic to see the phenomenal silver service set from the USS Nevada battleship, along with many other USS Nevada artifacts preserved in the museum’s collection,” Freedman said. “The silver service set is one of the museum’s prized possessions, created from silver and gold from Nevada mines, and used on the ship after its commission in 1916.”

At the railroad museum, the crewmen and their families were treated to a tour by curator of history Wendell Huffman. The museum features the restored steam locomotives Glenbrook and Inyo, both built in 1875, and the McKeen Motor Car.

Both the Nevada State Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum are participants in the national Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. The program allows free admission to active-duty military members and their families from Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.

In addition to visiting the museums, the Nevada sailors and their families also toured the Tesla gigafactory being built east of Sparks and the Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe. Severtsen threw out the first pitch at the Reno Aces baseball game on Saturday.

Full steam ahead for Railroad Museum with flood repairs completed

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Railroad Museum is back to full operations just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend and the busy summer season.

Construction crews this week completed removal of more than 110,000 square feet of debris and repairs to the tracks on the museum grounds that were damaged by flooding in January.

The steam locomotive No. 25, warms up on the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The tracks and grounds damaged by January flooding have been repaired and the museum will resume full activities, including train rides, beginning with the Memorial Day Weekend. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

The steam locomotive No. 25, warms up on the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The tracks and grounds damaged by January flooding have been repaired and the museum will resume full activities, including train rides, beginning with the Memorial Day Weekend. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

“We are in full operation and will open the annex as well,” Museum director Dan Thielen said.

Heavy rains in January led to a deluge of water onto the grounds of the railroad museum, undercut a portion of the track circling the museum grounds, left a thick layer of silt and other debris and flooded into the shop, annex and main museum building.

The property was closed to the public for two months as museum crews and volunteers cleaned the buildings. The main museum building reopened in March, but the annex and shop remained closed to the public for safety concerns until the cleanup could be completed.

Mountain States Contracting led the cleanup effort along with State Public Works and State Risk Management and many museum volunteers.

“They were able to remove all the silt, put in all new ballast, put a new crossing in and repair the track,” Thielen said. “They absolutely did a first-class job, a beautiful job.”

Peter Barton, administrator for the Division of Museums and History, said the effort to have the museum operating at full capacity for Memorial Day was a monumental one, reached through a combination of a supportive community, volunteers and agencies working together.

“The Division and the railroad museum are grateful to the community for their outpouring of support that helped propel recovery from the devastating January flooding,” Barton said. “Many state and federal agencies came together and cooperated to get the museum ready for our peak season. Thank you to everyone who helped.”

The museum plans to have the No. 25 steam locomotive pulling passenger cars. In addition, the historic Glenbrook locomotive will be rolled out and on display for the weekend.

The Warren Engine Company will be selling refreshments on the grounds for the weekend and the museum’s store will be open as well.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, free for children 17 and younger.

2017 Train Ride Schedule Now Online!

TRAIN RIDES AND 2017 OPERATING SCHEDULE

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City offers steam train rides or motor car rides every weekend throughout the summer. Select pieces in our collection are restored and operated to demonstrate steam and early gasoline technology and provide visitors with a first hand experience with railroad history through the sights, sounds and sensations of a train ride.

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