The Little Engine that could (and did)

You have probably noticed the odd-looking little locomotive sitting on the side track at the museum, and wondered about its history and reason for being on exhibit. The plaques on its side tell part of the story, but there is more to be learned about the Dinky’s history and its

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HOLIDAY EVENTS

HOLIDAY 2020 Due to the latest update on the COVID-19 restrictions, we have not yet finalized our plans for the Holiday 2020 season. We expect we will be able to operate weekend days in December (before Christmas) but may have only 4 runs each day. We also don’t yet know

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Railroad Dining Cars

Before dining cars in passenger trains were common in the United States, a rail passenger’s option for meal service in transit was to patronize one of the roadhouses often located near the railroad’s “water stops”. Fare typically consisted of rancid meat, cold beans, and old coffee. Such poor conditions discouraged

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Boulder City, NV, NV State Railroad Museum, Hoover Dam, Union Pacific, Nv Southern Railway

Nevada Southern Live Steamers

The Nevada Southern Live Steamers is a large-scale, outdoor model railroad located at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City, Nevada. We operate trains powered by a variety of “live” steam engines or replica diesel-electric locomotives on a 7.5” gauge track.  Started in 2011, our railroad is built, maintained,

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Support through Buy-a-Brick

Our Buy-a-Brick program permits you to demonstrate your support of the Nevada State Railroad Museum in a permanent, sustainable memorial.  The bricks are placed in the central part of the museum pavilion where they are visible to most visitors. Use your brick to: Remember lost family member or friend A

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Dining on the Train

Before dining cars in passenger trains were common in the United States, a rail passenger’s option for meal service in transit was to patronize one of the roadhouses often located near the railroad’s “water stops”. Fare typically consisted of rancid meat, cold beans, and old coffee. Such poor conditions discouraged

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ELLSMERE – Restoration Begins

ELLSMERE, our historic and beautiful 1899 Wagner Palace Car was moved from the display pavilion to the shop to begin removing the exterior siding.  Built for Dr. William S. Webb, son-in-law to William Vanderbilt in the Wagner shops located in Buffalo, NY.  Ellsmere is one of the few surviving Wagner

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Six Companies Side Dump Car

This car is a Western Wheeled Scraper Company built 8  wheeled dump car, used by the “Six Companies” on their construction railroad used to build Hoover Dam. The car was built in 1927 (which predates the formation of Six Companies) After the dam was completed, and the construction railroad removed,

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The Merci Car & the Gratitude train

Many American soldiers who served in France during World Wars I and II will recognize and have “fond” memories of riding in cars like this French box car, called a 40 et 8 (40 and 8) car because the French military had rated the cars to carry 40 soldiers or

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Boulder City, NV, NV State Railroad Museum, Hoover Dam, Union Pacific, Nv Southern Railway, Baldwin, narrow gauge, steam locomotive, Eureka, Eureka and Palisade Railroad

Eureka at the Nevada Southern

Eureka, an 1875 Baldwin 4-4-0 narrow gauge steam engine

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