January Special Meeting of the Friends Canceled
If you've been looking for our Volunteer Coordinator, Pamela West, you are going to have to go to Apple Valley, CA. Pam's last day was December 29th. No, we didn't run her out of town. She was offered an opportunity that she couldn't turn down. In her farewell email to the Volunteers, she vowed to return again this time as a Volunteer:
. . . I will miss working with and seeing you all, but have completed volunteer paperwork and I have taken the Safety Test (and passed) so that when I come back to visit my daughter in Tahoe City, I can return to the museum and work as a volunteer a few weekends each year!! . . . Working at the museum and with all of you has been one of the most positive experiences for me and I had so much FUN!
We all enjoyed working with you too Pam. So instead of good bye, we wish you "Happy Trails until we meet again."
Congratulations to all of those who worked Santa Train weekends this year. It was a great success. As Adam Michalski, Curator of Education, wrote on December 28:
The museum concluded its final Santa Train operations of 2014 last weekend. During our four days of operations we welcomed over 3,000 visitors. Also, there were several other activities available, including the Friends of NSRM Raffle; the Carson City Railroad Association model railroad layouts; photos with the Inyo; a crafts table; refreshments provided by the Warren Engine Company; and live music from the Carson High School Brass Ensemble. Additionally, the museum implemented a priority boarding system for 2014 allowing visitors to purchase tickets in advance. I appreciate the NSRMís depot and train crews working with us to implement this new program and I hope that we can fine tune it to work better in future years. While we may have faced a few challenges during the event, I received an overwhelming amount of positive comments on our Facebook page regarding our visitorsí Santa Train experience and heard from several others that they enjoyed their visit during the previous two weekends. The vast majority of our visitors had a great time and canít wait to do it again next year!
Santa Train is an important event in our community and the volunteers certainly do their part to ensure our visitors have an enjoyable Santa Train experience. Without the assistance from the NSRM volunteers the museum would not be able to support Santa Train. On behalf of the Nevada State Railroad Museum I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication to the museum during our Santa Train operations. It is much appreciated. If you have any comments or suggestions about Santa Train please feel free to send me an e-mail or visit me in my office. Finally, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a prosperous and happy new year! I look forward to seeing all of you in 2015!
You all know that Friends members get a discount at the Museum Store. Did you know that they get special pricing on books as well? If you can't get to the Store, you may view the books on salehere. You may also buy some of the books, such as Stephen E. Drew's new publication, Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee Railroad at the Store's new website,nevadamuseumstores.org.
Have you ever walked in front of the Interpretive Center and looked down at the brick walkway? If you have, you've seen a tribute to those who supported this museum or just loved trains. What better way to honor those who played a role in railroad history or are just caught up by the romance of the rails?
When you buy a brick for the walkway, you enable the Museum to pass the story of Nevada railroading history on to future generations. Your purchase allows the Friends to support the Museum by providing funds for additional objects and projects that the State budget will not cover.
Just what do the Friends do? Just about everything from being the steam train crew to giving tours, from selling tickets to working at the Museum store. See more photos of the Friends atthe volunteers at work page.
Photo of Russ Tanner as conductor on the McKeen Motor Car courtesy of Keith Hall.