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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, and operated by volunteer members of the Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway.

Our railroad is truly a work-in-progress, with new track and attractions being added constantly. With over 2,000 feet of operational track and an additional 1,800 feet coming on line soon, we remain a family favorite and one of Southern Nevada’s best attractions.

A ride on our 1.5” scale trains brings families closer. It’s not 

only fun, but educational as well. Children are especially fascinated by the experience, as they learn more about trains, railroad operations and safety.  Our engineers, conductors and crew are fully qualified and follow the same operational and safety rules as the prototype. 

We invite you to experience real railroading on a smaller scale.

Public rides are given on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, except July and August. There’s no ticket required to ride our trains! We rely on the generous donations of those who visit, ride, and enjoy our railroad. Our small-scale fun often coincides with large-scale events at the museum. We operate concurrently with the museum’s Santa Train schedule in December and welcome all costumed characters on Halloween. Check our Facebook page,, for the latest news and schedule updates.

The Nevada Southern Live Steamers is always looking for volunteers and welcomes new members who share our passion. You don’t have to own any equipment to join our group. 

Written Work Courtesy: Elliot Gorlin

Banner Image by: Frank Carroll