Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum (FNSRM)

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Santa and his Train come to the Museum Dec. 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ironhorse Camp scheduled Father's Day Weekend, 2019. Click here for more information.

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Three Weekends of Santa Train

The Museum and the Friends launch the 34th year of Santa Train starting Dec. 8 for three weekends. The train will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the weekends of Dec. 8, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22. Children and their families ride in rail cars pulled behind the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad No. 25 steam locomotive. On their way around the museum's track, Santa Claus hands out candy canes to all the riders. Trains run every half hour.

Inside the Wabuska Depot, youngsters can write letters to Santa or color pictures. Tickets are $5 for all riders. Children 2 and younger who sit in an adult's lap are free. Advance tickets are available online at Only select trains are available for online ticket purchase during the first two weekends of Santa Train. No tickets will be available for online sales during the final weekend of Santa Train. Online ticket sales close 24 hours before departure. Walk-up tickets also are available for purchase a the Depot.

Changing Exhibits in Jacobsen Interpretive Center

Starting this summer and over the next several months through the winter the Museum staff will be making changes to the Jacobsen Interpretive Center. Staff is working on an exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Pacific Railroad (Transcontinental Railroad), which occurred on May 10, 1869. The exhibit will cover various themes,such as the difference the railroad made to Nevada and the United States; cultural impacts; some of the various Hollywood films made on the subject; the completion of the V&T; and others.

Gibson Models Because of this, there will be some changes and construction in the Jacobsen Interpretive Center. The latest move has the Joe Douglas being transferred from the plinth to the Annex. The Richardson Models on display in the center aisle have been taken off display temporarily.

Previously, the Gibson models were relocated on the walls near the offices. The communications exhibit, which was located along the walkway outside of the Director’s Office, has been moved to the northwest corner of the Museum near the fire exit. The Dayton is in the museum along with V&T boxcar No. 1005 and the Glenbrook. The old cabinets for the Gibson models are gone and in its place is the Merci Car.

This will be an ongoing project for the next several months. There may be different railroad equipment inside the Interpretive Center at various times and may change weekly. If you have questions, please contact the Museum at 775-687-6953.

2018 Time Table

2018 Time Table

Museum Open Thursday through Monday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Except New Year's Day & Christmas)

Admission: Adults: $6.00, Children (under 18): Free, Friends of the Museum: Free

Website of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, PO Box 1330, Carson City, NV 89702

Contact: Barry Simcoe, President, at 775-379-1353 or

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