Nevada State Railroad Museum

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McKeen Car, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson CityThe 19th century locomotives, tenders and cars on display are so enormous, so painstakingly restored and so immaculate that they loom like huge sculptures, idealized forms rather than working machines.

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson CityThat’s not a criticism, quite the opposite: the effect is powerful. And besides, the museum maintains a busy Operating Schedule for motorcar and steam trains on the Museum grounds, offering steam train or motor car rides every weekend, May through September, and a few select dates in October and December. Trains leave from the Wabuska Depot (at the main entrance to the museum property) and ride a 2,000-foot radial loop around the museum grounds. Steam train rides are approximately 40 minutes long, motorcar rides are approximately 20 minutes long.

Edwards Motorcar at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson CitySelect pieces in the 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.

Nevada Dtate Railroad Museum Gift Shop, Carson CityThe building also houses one of the best take-a-present-home for the kids (or grand-kids) gift shops in Nevada. It’s railroad oriented, which means there’s something here for everyone (does anyone have too many striped engineer’s caps?).