Labor Day Railroad Steam Up
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For this year’s Labor Day Weekend Steam Up the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum invited the public to celebrate the labor of our ancestors who ran the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. The best way to do this is, of course, to take the whole family for a ride on the Railroad Museum’s historic train that is pulled by the Virginia & Truckee Engine #25.


Between Friday and Monday, more than one thousand visitors heeded the invitation and treated themselves, friends and loved ones to a short and affordable round trip in vintage railroad cars on the grounds of the Carson City Museum. It was not only a trip back in time, but also a learning experience.  Besides witnessing the procedure of uncoupling the engine from the train and re-attaching it to the other end during the course of a round trip, there were also opportunities between trips to visit the control room of the engine and learn from the engineer about operating such a monster.


A car attendant gave a narrative and answered the travelers’ questions during a trip. Each car had its own car attendant, except for the caboose, which had a car host.

Regular train trips at the museum are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday from the beginning of May through the end of September. Two weekends with trips in a 1926 Edwards Motorcar are followed by one weekend with trips on a steam train. Then the pattern repeats. It is interrupted by three day weekend schedules with steam train trips on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July weekend. There are 5 more days with scheduled steam train trips in the remaining months of the year. A single day on October 31st – Nevada Day – Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, and the popular Santa Train on December 11 and 12.

That’s plenty of opportunity to catch a historic train ride if you haven’t had a chance last Labor Day weekend, or if you simply can’t get enough of them.

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