Nevada State Railroad Museum
The Nevada State Railroad Museum is a railroad museum in Boulder City, Nevada operated by the Nevada State Railroad Museum which is an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. The Nevada Southern Railway is operated by the Nevada State Railroad Museum and is located on the tracks that were installed to support construction activities at the Hoover Dam. The state obtained the tracks and right of way from the Union Pacific Railroad in 1985.
1985: The Union Pacific Railroad gives a portion of the historic Boulder Branch to the Nevada Department of Museums and History. The Department of Museums, recognizing the historical significance, wants the site preserved. Also, Boulder City and Henderson consider the line an important part of a future transportation system and economic growth.
1987: The State of Nevada allows a portion of the railroad west of Hwy 95 to the City of Henderson to be used as an economic development tool.
1996: Maintenance facilities and offices are completed at 600 Yucca Street in Boulder City.
1997: Track rehab work is finished in preparation for a planned excursion train operation, and advanced station and platform design begins.
2000: Station platform and buildings are constructed at 601 Yucca Street. Work continues on restoration of locomotives and rolling stock.
2002: The first public excursion train is run with a Santa Train at Christmas time.
2004: Regular train operations begin in September, three days per week.
2005: Train operations resume in April each weekend and continue each year, except January, and ridership and museum attendance continue to grow annually.
2008: A charitable, volunteer support group, Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway (FNSR), receives a State charter. The Volunteer group provides crews, staffing and operating the train, as well as maintenance and restoration work and fund raising for future projects and expansion. This continues to present day.
The museum operates a heritage railroad which offers passenger excursion trains using historic railroad equipment on a 7-mile, 45 minute round trip. Operations began in 2002, and the museum also offers the opportunity for passengers to ride in the locomotive cab and to operate trains.
This ride features a preserved former Union Pacific EMD GP30, No 844, which was built in 1963 by the ElectroMotive Division of General Motors and ran on the Union Pacific. It weighs approximately 125 tons, and has a turbocharged V16 engine that develops 2,250 hp. It was Mount Hood Geep 9 M No. 90 in 1990, and Southern Pacific Railroad GS-4 No. 4458 in 1991, which at one time necessitated the renumbering of steam locomotive Union Pacific 844 to Union Pacific 8444. It was donated to the Museum, and refurbished in Union Pacific colors.
Description: Baldwin 2-8-0 narrow gauge steam locomotive
Number: GW 12000
Number: WP 449
7½-Inch Miniature Railway
The museum hosts a dedicated group of approximately 160 volunteers who on the second and fourth Saturdays, July and August excepted, provide free rides on the 7-1⁄2 in (190.5 mm) gauge railroad. The miniatures are 1/8th full size and accommodate children and adults easily. The layout is in a constant state of progressive evolution.
Nevada State Railroad Museum Overview
Address: 601 Yucca Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005
Phone: (702) 486-5933
Official Website: http://www.nevadasouthern.com/
Pacific Lumber Company No. 35 was built by Baldwin in 1923.
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Former Union Pacific EMD GP30, No. 844.
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