The rich railroading heritage of northern Nevada lives on at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. An extraordinary collection of railroad equipment, artifacts, documents and related exhibits portrays how the railroad transformed a hostile territory into an essential contributor to the growing nation in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can learn the important role played by the world-famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad in obtaining Nevada distinction as the “Silver State.”
From mountains of silver to the silver screen, the railroad cars and locomotives on display at the museum have a rich and colorful history. The museum’s signature piece is the magnificent Inyo, built in 1875 it is one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the United States. It became a star in Hollywood, appearing in 29 movies and starring in the Wild, Wild West television series.
Enjoy rides aboard historic restored V&T railcars or the 1926 Edwards motorcar on weekends May through September. The world’s only operable McKeen motorcar, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012, operates on special holidays during the year. Occasionally the Inyo is fired up and brought out on the tracks demonstrating the beauty of 19th century locomotive design.