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SEEING A TRAIN WITH MY OTHER SENSES IN BOULDER CITY

Sydney Martinez of Travel Nevada recounts her experience when visiting the NSRMBC during a special event held for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation summer camp.


Sydney Martinez of Travel Nevada, June 2015.

Traveling the extraordinary state of Nevada on the regular, it should come as no surprise to me that things aren’t always what the seem…should, being the key word there. But, every now and again, just when you think you’ve got this expansive wonderland pegged, it creeps in, making you appreciate it in ways that you never imagined possible.

It was a blazingly hot June morning in Boulder City and with an irregular interest in trains I made my way to the Nevada State Railroad Museum. At first glance, the museum appeared to be a few trains under an overhang, but oooooh buddy. If visitors only knew what spectacular exhibits were in store at this place with one unassuming glance from the road, they wouldn’t be able to keep the masses out of here.

The entire place was simply remarkable…to me, the best in the West. An intimate, easy-to-manage setting, immaculately restored locomotives, friendly staff, you name it…the whole thing was just aces. I was there early in the morning before the real heat set in, and lucky for me I had the whole place to myself. Stunned by these larger-than-life hunks of steel, I maneuvered around each gargantuan locomotive, in awe of the impeccable attention to detail effortlessly executed with each exhibit.

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SCOUTS TRAIN FOR NEW MERIT BADGE AT MUSEUM

Steven Slivka of the Boulder City Review touches on how Boy Scouts earned their Railroading Merit Badge at the NSRM.


May 20th, 2015. By Steven Slivka of the Boulder City Review.

Boy Scouts from across the Las Vegas Valley made their way to the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City on Saturday as they learned the ins and the outs of the industry for their railroad merit badges.

“Railroading is becoming a dying art form, as it were, so it’s good to get the boys out here to see the importance of not only the history of railroading, but the safety aspects of it,” said Kelly Williams, assistant Scout master of Troop 700 of Las Vegas.

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RAILROAD HISTORY ROARS TO LIFE IN BOULDER CITY

Margo Bartlett Pesek of the Las Vegas Review Journal talks about her experiences at the Railroad Museum.


By Margo Bartlett Pesek of the Las Vegas Review Journal on March 14, 2015.

Part of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, the museum preserves a few miles of the branch line that the Union Pacific built in 1931 to serve the Boulder Dam Project during the construction of Hoover Dam. Weekend excursion trains roll along 7 miles of original track during round-trips that last about 35 minutes.

The Southern Nevada Railway excursion offers an introduction to an era that has nearly disappeared. For many visitors, this train ride may be their first such adventure. Railroads used to connect nearly all towns in America. Today, fewer rail lines operate and far fewer Americans ever board a train.

Dozens of railroads once served Nevada mines and communities. Today, only two major railroads still cross through Nevada. Only three short lines — the V&T from Virginia City to Carson City, the Nevada Northern in Ely and Boulder City’s Nevada Southern — remain from yesteryear.

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CAMP PROVIDES PICTURE OF RAILROAD FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN

The Union Pacific talks about their involvement with the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation on railroad history and safety during the childrens’ visit the NSRMBC.


Posted by the Union Pacific on September 4, 2015.

With the help of his aide, six-year-old Rocco inches closer to the edge of the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City.

He smells a faint whiff of diesel fuel from the train that arrived moments ago. He reaches out – the tips of his fingers make contact with a cold, massive expanse of gritty steel. He carefully brushes his fingers across the surface to feel the bolts, rivets and welding seams that hold the monster together.

Rocco is experiencing a train for the first time thanks to the summer camp program at the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation.

The foundation is one of the few organizations in the Las Vegas area that caters to the visually impaired, and it’s the only organization that has programs specifically designed for children. The Union Pacific Foundation has donated over $17,000 to the organization since 2013.

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