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Full steam ahead for Railroad Museum with flood repairs completed

CARSON CITY, Nevada – The Nevada State Railroad Museum is back to full operations just in time for the Memorial Day Weekend and the busy summer season.

Construction crews this week completed removal of more than 110,000 square feet of debris and repairs to the tracks on the museum grounds that were damaged by flooding in January.

The steam locomotive No. 25, warms up on the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The tracks and grounds damaged by January flooding have been repaired and the museum will resume full activities, including train rides, beginning with the Memorial Day Weekend. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

The steam locomotive No. 25, warms up on the tracks at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The tracks and grounds damaged by January flooding have been repaired and the museum will resume full activities, including train rides, beginning with the Memorial Day Weekend. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

“We are in full operation and will open the annex as well,” Museum director Dan Thielen said.

Heavy rains in January led to a deluge of water onto the grounds of the railroad museum, undercut a portion of the track circling the museum grounds, left a thick layer of silt and other debris and flooded into the shop, annex and main museum building.

The property was closed to the public for two months as museum crews and volunteers cleaned the buildings. The main museum building reopened in March, but the annex and shop remained closed to the public for safety concerns until the cleanup could be completed.

Mountain States Contracting led the cleanup effort along with State Public Works and State Risk Management and many museum volunteers.

“They were able to remove all the silt, put in all new ballast, put a new crossing in and repair the track,” Thielen said. “They absolutely did a first-class job, a beautiful job.”

Peter Barton, administrator for the Division of Museums and History, said the effort to have the museum operating at full capacity for Memorial Day was a monumental one, reached through a combination of a supportive community, volunteers and agencies working together.

“The Division and the railroad museum are grateful to the community for their outpouring of support that helped propel recovery from the devastating January flooding,” Barton said. “Many state and federal agencies came together and cooperated to get the museum ready for our peak season. Thank you to everyone who helped.”

The museum plans to have the No. 25 steam locomotive pulling passenger cars. In addition, the historic Glenbrook locomotive will be rolled out and on display for the weekend.

The Warren Engine Company will be selling refreshments on the grounds for the weekend and the museum’s store will be open as well.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, free for children 17 and younger.

Track repair begins at Nevada State Railroad Museum

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Repairs to the flood-damaged grounds of the Nevada State Railroad Museum kicked into high gear this week with construction crews working to remove thousands of pounds of sediment, and replace ballast and tracks displaced by January floods.

Work crews remove sediment caused by flood waters in January from the tracks outside the Nevada State Railroad Museum Annex on Thursday, May 4. The museum is expecting repairs to be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

Work crews remove sediment caused by flood waters in January from the tracks outside the Nevada State Railroad Museum Annex on Thursday, May 4. The museum is expecting repairs to be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

“We’ve got two companies out there working it right now,” said Dan Thielen, museum director, “one that is removing sediment and the other one that is fixing the railroad.”

Heavy rains in January forced Carson City crews to divert water coming from Rhodes Street in an effort to prevent flooding on Carson Street, one of the city’s main north-south thoroughfares. The diversion led to a deluge of water onto the grounds of the railroad museum, damaging the track and flooding into buildings.

The property was closed to the public for two months as museum crews and volunteers cleaned the buildings. The main museum building reopened in March, but the museum’s annex and shop have remained closed to the public for safety concerns.

Thielen said the work should be completed in time for the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May and that trains will be running with passengers on the loop around the museum grounds. “We are going to run full-scale operations for Memorial Day,” he said. “We’ve been assured they can meet that deadline.”

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, free for children 17 and younger.

Easter Festivities at the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City! Fun for the whole family!

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Join us for family fun on Easter Sunday!
April 16th
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Featuring:
Easter Egg Hunt – Find an egg in the museum and
bring it to the museum store for an Easter Surprise!
Kid’s Craft Table – Build Your Own Candy Train!
Storytime – book reading by Ghost Town Mystery Series Author, Calamity Jan (Jan Pierson)

Regular museum admission applies: Adults 18 & Over – $6.00, Children Under 18 – FREE

2017 Train Ride Schedule Now Online!

TRAIN RIDES AND 2017 OPERATING SCHEDULE

The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City offers steam train rides or motor car rides every weekend throughout the summer. Select pieces in our collection are restored and operated to demonstrate steam and early gasoline technology and provide visitors with a first hand experience with railroad history through the sights, sounds and sensations of a train ride.

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NSRMCC_2017_Time_Table

Note: As of April , 2017, we are still repairing our track that suffered extensive damage from this winter’s flooding.  The above operating schedule is subject to change, depending on the track repair progress.  Before coming to the museum for a train ride during the month of May,  please call us at 775/687-6953 to confirm equipment operations. Thank you!

Railroad Museum is now OPEN!

CARSON CITY, Nevada – After being closed for  two months due to flood damage, the Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, reopened it’s doors on  Saturday, March 4.

ConductorThe museum had been closed since Jan. 8 due to significant damage from floodwaters that inundated the property, damaging the tracks, fire roads and a number of buildings.

“The museum would like to thank the community, our visitors and volunteers for being patient with the staff and the State of Nevada while we worked to reopen the museum,” said Dan Thielen, museum director. “We would have liked to have been open sooner, but sometimes it does not work out as expected. ”

During the months of January and February, property restoration and professional cleaning crews worked to dry out and clean the Interpretive Center, which contains some of the museum’s best-known rolling stock – including the fully restored 1875 steam locomotives the Glenbrook and the Inyo. The center also includes educational displays and the museum store.

Clean-up and restoration operations are continuing on the rail beds and the annex, which stay closed, likely until spring.

“We hope to have the roadbed repaired soon and trains operating in May 2017,” said Adam Michalski, curator of education. “Please watch our website and our Facebook page (Facebook.com/nsrmcc) for the upcoming 2017 Operating Schedule.”