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
Wednesday March 14, 2006. the GE 80-Ton locomotive arrived at the Museum here in Boulder City on a “lowboy” trailer. While it looks as though it is traveling on its own power, it is actually just rolling off of the trailer, restrained by a winch. At the Nevada Test Site
Locomotive Number 844, a type GP-30, was built in 1963 by the ElectroMotive Division of General Motors, and ran on the Union Pacific. It was donated to the Museum, and refurbished in Union Pacific colors. It weighs approximately 125 tons, and has a turbocharged V16 engine that develops 2250 horsepower.
Locomotive Number 1855 was built in 1953 and was used in service for the government in the Army Transportation Corps. It is unusual because it’s diesel engine is of opposed piston design. This type of engine was developed by the Fairbanks-Morse Company for use in diesel submarines. After World War