Situated in Carson City, Nevada, the Nevada State Railroad Museum holds a significant role in preserving the rich railroad heritage of the state. It boasts an impressive collection of locomotives and cars from the renowned Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The museum’s vast array of equipment was acquired from various Hollywood studios, where they had been utilized in numerous film and television productions. Under the management of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the museum officially opened its doors in 1980 as the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Museum, commonly referred to as the V&T Railroad Museum. However, in 1985, it underwent a name change and was rebranded as the Nevada State Railroad Museum.

Within its collection, one can find a diverse range of historically significant passenger and freight equipment that pays homage to the local community. The museum offers a multitude of activities, including the operation of both standard gauge (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) and narrow gauge (3 ft) railroad equipment. Visitors can indulge in captivating train rides, exhilarating handcar rides, engaging lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, ever-changing exhibits, and a plethora of special events. Additionally, an ongoing research and restoration program remains a key aspect of the museum’s endeavors.

Currently, the museum showcases a captivating exhibit commemorating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the First transcontinental railroad. This notable display prominently features V&T Coach No. 17. Originally constructed for the Central Pacific Railroad, this remarkable coach transported Leland Stanford to the momentous Golden Spike ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah. Furthermore, the museum grounds now house the historic Wabuska Depot, which was painstakingly relocated from its original location in Wabuska, Nevada. As a functioning railroad station, the depot continues to serve as the primary ticketing center for the museum’s train rides, adding an authentic touch to the visitor experience.

Nevada State Railroad Museum
2180 S. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 687-6953