The rich railroading heritage of northern Nevada lives on at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. In the heart of Nevada’s Capital City, this Nevada State Museum is home to an extraordinary collection of railroad equipment, artifacts, documents and related exhibits, that portray how the railroad transformed a hostile territory into an essential contributor to the growing nation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visitors can learn the important role played by the world-famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad in obtaining Nevada distinction as the “Silver State.”
Visiting the Nevada State Railroad Museum—Carson City Today
From mountains of silver to the silver screen, the railroad cars and locomotives on display at the museum have a rich and colorful history. The museum’s signature piece is the magnificent Inyo locomotive. Built in 1875, it is one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States, and even made its way into the movies, appearing in 29 movies and starred in the Wild, Wild West television series.
Aside from the spectacular Inyo, other important locomotives important to the Nevada story are on display here, including the world’s only operable McKeen motor car—designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Also on display at this Nevada State Museum is the Glenbrook, which was originally built to haul cordwood and lumber from nearby Lake Tahoe to Spooner Summit, and later used to support the construction of Virginia City.
Visitors to the museum can immerse themselves in spectacular exhibits inside the museum, then enjoy rides aboard these historic V&T railcars during weekends from May to September. For more information about specialty train rides, events, and new exhibits, please dial the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City at (775) 687-6953.
Starting December 4th, the Nevada State Railroad Museum—Carson City will be open to the public, operating at a 25% capacity. The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission to the Nevada State Museum—Carson City is free to all Museum Members! If you're not a member, admission is $8 for adults and free for children 17 and under.