Nevada State Railroad Museum


In 1870, the Virginia and Truckee Railroad was built to link the silver mines and processing mills. The V&T was profitable and bought the finest, gaudiest rolling stock of its time. But the miners moved on, and in 1937, when a Hollywood studio offered to buy an old locomotive to use in a movie, V&T said okay. Thus began the gradual loss of Nevada's railroad engineering heritage. On the other hand, it probably saved V&T's equipment from WW II scrap drives. In the late '60s, when the studios fell on hard times, V&T's cars were put on the auction block. It was Nevada's opportunity to bring the railcars home and preserve them for posterity.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The museum collection includes the Central Pacific Railroad Director's car that carried Leland Stanford and the Golden Spike to Promontory, Utah, in May 1869 for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.