Last Friday we braved the heat and smoke to drive to Carson City to see the Nevada State Railroad Museum. We’ve always loved railroads and love seeing the old steam trains. Heather grew up with steam trains in England and loves a chance to see one.
A nice thing about being retired is getting to see the museum on an off day when the crowds aren’t there. We were about the only people in the place on Friday so got walk around without worrying about social distancing. The exhibits at the moment are focusing on the completion of the transcontinental road in 1869.
The expansion of the west and much of the early growth of Nevada is directly attributable to the coming of the railway. Even today, Reno and the areas around are hubs of transportation including trucks and rail. Even today warehouses and product distribution centers are large employers in the area.
The museum has a number of historical engines and cars. Their restoration teams have done a wonderful job of bringing these old treasures back to life. I’m willing to guess that in some cases the restored rolling stock is in better condition that it was during service.
They weren’t running any of the trains the day we were they, so we got a schedule of when they’ll be running the steam train and are planning on going back for one of their operations days.
After our visit we stopped for great sandwiches at the LA Bakery in Carson City. A trick we learned a long time ago to is ask the staff and volunteers for restaurant recommendations and again we were not disappointed. The place was a bit off the beaten path and I doubt we would have discovered on our own.
Here are some pictures I took of what they had on display outside.