Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nevada State Railroad Museum June 11, 2012

                                       Virginia and Truckee Railroad passenger car number 9

On my second day in Carson City I visited the Nevada State Railroad museum. It is located on Carson Street in the downtown area. Because of budget cuts the museum is open Friday-Monday. To see the museum it costs $4 for a day pass. During the summer the museum offers special excursions for a special rate.

The museum has an impressive collection of rolling stock from the Virginia and Truckee Railroad which supplied many of the Comstock Lode towns with supplies. Included in the collection is three  Baldwin Steam Engines which  have been restored to former glory. Inside the building is history on the Comstock Lode mining railroads and the Transcontinental Railroad. Hollywood used many of the old locomotives and cars in old movies before the state bought them. This museum is worth a stop if you are in Carson City.

                                       Baldwin Locomotive Number 23                                       

                                         Inside a Baldwin Steam Locomotive showing the valves

                                                     Top of Steam Engine

                                               Front of Steam Engine at museum; Below engine which would have worked on Nevada's railroads

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