Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Nevada State Railroad Museum is a cultural resource dedicated to educating visitors and the community about Nevada railroad history. This mission is accomplished through the collection, preservation and interpretation on significant locomotives, rolling stock, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia directly related to railroads and railroading in Nevada. In addition to static exhibits, select pieces of equipment in the collection are restored and operated throughout the year 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.
” Really enjoyed the Museum yesterday. Both docents in the ’roundhouse’ were great…congrats on having so many enthusiasts in your ‘Friends’ organization. We are joining up now, too!”
Great place to take your kids if they love trains. There are several beautifully restored engines and coach cars.
They have a hand car that you can ride.
There are several cars that you can climb aboard and explore.
There is a toy train table to play with and a few other interactive exhibits for the kids.
They operate different cars on a track around the property that you can ride on. When we visited the museum they were running an old motor car. (This train ride is not included in the museum admission, but it was only a few dollars and kids ride free)
All of the volunteers were very friendly and knowledgable.
Anyone under 18 is free.
They have a functioning turntable that they use to bring out and store the train for visitors to ride on. If you happen to be there about 30 minutes before closing you can watch them operate it. If you’re so inclined you can even help as it is powered entirely by manpower.
They have a room you can peak into to see any current restoration projects they are working on.
In closing, I highly recommend it if you or your kids like trains.
Can’t comment on the museum itself, but we took the Santa Train, and my “choo choo” loving toddler had a blast. He got to get a candy cane from Santa, and after he played in a train inside the building and got to color a picture.
The train just went around the depot a couple of times, but was a long enough ride to make the $5 ticket a steal. There were also people dressed in period costumes who were just wonderful, and took pictures for everyone.
My only complaint is that it would have been nice if they put up some Christmas decorations around the tracks so you have something to look at during the ride. Other than that, well worth the price, especially for my son who keeps asking us to go back – “I ride choo choo train?”
Fun for all the train loving kids and adults alike. $6 for adults, free under 18 yo. Gift store prices are not outrageous.