RailroadDiningCars

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

Safety around the Trains

Safety at the Railroad Museum We certainly appreciate all of our 55,000+ visitors that come out to the museum to see the trains and learn more about trains and railroading.  We do request that you, the visitor enjoy your trip, but please be aware of your safety, as we are,

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Boulder City, NV, NV State Railroad Museum, Hoover Dam, Union Pacific, Nv Southern Railway, Ellsmere, Wagner Palace Car,

Ellsmere

Ellsmere – Basic History Ellsmere was built in December of 1899 for Dr. William Seward Webb, then president of the Wagner Palace Car Co of Buffalo, New York.  This was the last passenger car and a private business car built by Wagner as in 1900 the company merged with the

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