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

Back In Time

Take a trip back in time on historic rail line every town in the nation. Today, fewer railroads serve America and fewer Americans ride the trains that remain. A couple of generations now have missed the experience of train travel. In yesteryear, dozens of railroads served Nevada. Old maps of

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Nevada Southern Railway History

Our Nevada Southern Railway excursion train here in Boulder City Nevada is the third railway by this name. In 1928, the Federal Government appropriated $165 Million for the construction of the Boulder Canyon project, soon renamed to Boulder Dam and later given it’s current name of Hoover Dam. To bring

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Coaches

The term Harriman refers to railroad equipment built in the 1900’s and 1910’s to a set of common standards that were used by the Harriman controlled Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. The coaches are 72′ 0″ long over the end sills, 9’9-7/8″ wide, and 14’0″ from rail to top of

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Wheelchair Accessible Car

Compliant with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This Harriman style coach was built in 1916. It was modified here at the Museum to have side loading doors for use with a lift so that it can accommodate wheelchairs and passengers who cannot climb stairs into the cars. A half-bath

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Dining Car

A 1949 ex-Union Pacific Dining Car has completed its restoration. Permanent tables are now set up and 48 people can be accommodated for birthday parties and private functions. The recent project included the restoration of the original tables (below) and the acquisition of formal dining chairs – twelve tables of

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Hard Top Open Air Car

The Open Air Passenger Car is of Heavyweight design. It has three axles (six wheels) on each truck instead of the two axles per truck used for the enclosed passenger cars. To give the car a smooth ride when it was in passenger service, the floor is several inches of

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Head End Power (HEP) Car

The Head End Power Car was created because our locomotives were designed to operate as yard switchers or with freight trains. They do not have the power generation needed by passenger trains for things such as lighting, air conditioning, and announcement systems. The Head End Power car was originally a

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Caboose Refurbishment

The Nevada Southern Railway caboose was rolled out for display for the first time in conjunction with the TTOS (Toy Train Operator’s Society) special run on 8 April 2006. The exterior restoration has been completed. Interior restoration is underway. The new sub-floor and the fabrication of the new doors and

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Davenport

Between 1931 and 1962, the United States Bureau of Reclamation maintained a ten mile railroad from Boulder City to the rim of Black Canyon overlooking Hoover Dam. It was used periodically to haul supplies and material to the dam site. In 1936 this 30-ton. 250 H.P. gas-mechanical Davenport Locomotive was purchased and remained in

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NSRM #6264 Steam

UPRR #6264 Baldwin-Built Harriman Standard 2-8-0 This “Common Standard” Consolidation type steam locomotive with its 57” drivers was one of the four types of steam engines developed by the Associated Railroads in the first year of its locomotive program. The “Associated Railroads” consisted of the Southern Pacific, Chicago & Alton,

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