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100th anniversary of the Western Pacific railroad in Nevada Nov. 9


CARSON CITY — The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will host a presentation commemorating the centennial of the Western Pacific Railroad in Nevada on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Admission charges are $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors 65 or older. Children younger than eighteen, and members of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum are admitted free.

The Western Pacific Railroad in Nevada is a presentation featuring the work of noted rail photographer/author and railroad preservationist Wayne Monger. Numerous railroad magazines and books have featured Monger’s work. A geologist by training, “Wayne’s photography is noted for its emphasis on the topography and industry of the region in which the railroad is pictured,” said Frank Ackerman, the museum’s Curator of Education. “The WP was the last ‘transcontinental’ railroad built in the United States linking West Coast points with the East. With nearly half of its route-miles in the Silver State, the Western Pacific Railroad was an integral part of 20th Century Nevada.”

Western Pacific Centennial
Monday, November 9, 2009 – 7:00 p.m.
Nevada State Railroad Museum – (775) 687-6953
South Carson Street (U.S. 395) at Fairview Drive, Carson City

The Nevada State Railroad Museum store will be open for this event.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum operates steam-ups with historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment on selected weekends throughout the year. The museum also participates in scholarly efforts, such as the annual Nevada Railroad History Symposium held in Carson City in October. Open Friday through Monday from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the museum is located on Route 395 at the south end of Carson City at the intersection of Fairview Drive. A yellow railroad station and red water tank at the entrance to the museum grounds are landmarks. For more information, please call (775) 687-6953.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is one of seven museums of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. The Department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, presentation and promotion of cultural resources, and education. The Department also includes the State Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council. For more information, visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org

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