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The Nevada State Railroad Museum, located in Carson City, Nevada, preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada, including locomotives and cars of the famous Virginia and Truckee Railroad. Much of the museum equipment was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were often featured in movies and television. The museum is operated by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. Opened in 1980, it was originally named the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Museum, often shortened to V&T Railroad Museum, but was renamed the Nevada State Railroad Museum in 1985.
Museum activities consist of operation of historic 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge and 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad equipment, including train rides, handcar rides, lectures, an annual railroad history symposium, changing exhibits, and a variety of special events. The Museum also has an ongoing research and restoration program. The Museum's most recent event is the rebuilding of the interpretation center and possibly the HO scale model railroad operated by the Carson Model Railroaders who operate the Mills Park Railroad.
The Wabuska Railroad Station, a historic station from Wabuska, Nevada was relocated to the museum grounds. The building is, in essence, still used as a working railroad station where tickets for the museum train rides are purchased.
|Dardanelle & Russellville #8||4-4-0 "American"||Cooke Locomotive & Machine Co. 1888||1945||1987||Static Display|
|Virginia & Truckee #1 "Lyon"||2-6-0 "Mogul"||H.J. Booth 1869 - Replica NSRM 202?||2019||Under Counstruction|
|Virginia & Truckee #18 "Dayton"||4-4-0 "American"||CP's Sacramento shops 1873||1938||1978||Static Display|
|Virginia & Truckee #22 "Inyo"||4-4-0 "American"||Baldwin 1875||1926||1978||Operational|
|Virginia & Truckee #25||4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler||Baldwin 1905||1955||1971||Operational|
|Virginia & Truckee #27||4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler||Baldwin 1913||1948||1993||Static Display, On loan to Comstock History Center|
|Carson & Tahoe Lumber & Fluming #1 "Glenbrook"||2-6-0 "Mogul"||Baldwin 1875||1937||1981||Operational|
|Dayton, Sutro & Carson Valley #1 "Joe Douglass"||0-4-2 "Olomana"||Porter 1882||1904||1994||Static Display|
|Southern Pacific #8||4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler"||Baldwin 1907||1955||1975||Static Display, On loan to Sparks, NV|
|NSRM #99 "Dinky"||7-Ton||Davenport 1924||1988||1988||Operational|
|Chicago Great Western #1000||McKeen Motor Car||1910||1964||Parts Donor|
|Virginia & Truckee #22||McKeen Motor Car||1910||1945||1996||Operational|
|Virginia & Truckee #99|
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