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Nevada State Railroad Museum

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Address: 2180 South Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701
Phone Number: (775) 687-6953
Description: Train buffs will love this museum which features a diverse collection of...
Train buffs will love this museum which features a diverse collection of photographs and artifacts that trace Nevada's railroad history. Highlights include a 19th-century rail equipment exhibit and five steam locomotives.
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A museum for train lovers

What a gem this lovely museum is. It's volunteer run and immaculately clean - our family enjoyed the beautiful REAL trains displayed in this museum that is both indoor and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 20, 2015
MistyMountainSky
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

What a gem this lovely museum is. It's volunteer run and immaculately clean - our family enjoyed the beautiful REAL trains displayed in this museum that is both indoor and outdoor. Our two boys under 5 were in heaven with the many hands on exhibits including an actual hand cart that they rode to the roundabout outside. It was like... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We have gone to the Railroad Museum several times and always make sure anyone that visits us in Carson City get a chance to experience it as well. Especially a great time to go is when they actually have some of the trains running. A great way to learn about the trains of the West!

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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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71 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The main memory of our visit to this museum is that of the staff. They really were warm, welcoming and displayed a great deal of knowledge and were clearly interested in the work they were doing, all I believe were volunteers. The stock on display is fabulous and the tour around the workshop area at the rear was brought to... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The NV State RR museum inn Carson City houses many very special railroad artifacts of the northern Nevada area. One of the most interesting is the McKeen car that was used on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad for many years. It became the offices of a local plumbing company, and was donated to the Museum approximately 15 years ago. With... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Got to climb onto old train engines, cars and a sleeper. Way cool! Open Thursday thru Monday - plan ahead.

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Columbus, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

If you like trains in general or those of Nevada and the Carson City area you need to plan on getting to the Railroad Museum. It will take around an hour or so to see both the inside and outdoor exhibits. All of the volunteers and the old timers hanging around the train barn were very knowledgeable about both the... More 

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Carnation, Washington
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Wonderful collection of V&T equipment including the INYO and many other operational locomotives that have been beautifully restored. Visitors are treated to knowledgeable docents who explain every aspect of the building of the railroad and the equipment (rolling stock) that was unique to the V&T. I'm glad to have had it on my bucket list!

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Atlanta USA
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46 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

I had an hour to kill as I drove by the museum, and for $6 entry (kids under 18 are free) it was well worth it - the outdoor large warehouses hold large engines and you even get to take the hand operated train unit out for a run - its exhausting but fun and you can go fast! Indoor... More 

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Midlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Being from the UK, my wife and I have, perhaps, more of an interest in US railroads than some. Our appetite for knowledge was well served by this collection. Everything from assorted locos, nicely restored, to old rolling stock in original condition. Each exhibit is accompanied by a good descriptive plaque. The museum layout consists of a 'showroom' with a... More 

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Fremont, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Interesting reading about the railroad era at this museum. It's a small museum but has lots of interesting information.

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