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Western Pacific Railroad in Nevada Centennial Presentation



The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City will host Bob Larson, railroad photographer and former Western Pacific engineer on the Feather River division, for his presentation concluding a three-part series celebrating the centennial of the Western Pacific Railroad in Nevada. The program takes place on Monday, May 10 at 7:00 pm. Regular museum admission charges apply. 

During Larson’s railroad career, and continuing today, he photographed the continuing changes of the railroad, his co-workers and the environment that shaped his remarkable career.  Bob’s extensive collection of photos has been presented in two volumes, Western Pacific Trackside with Bob Larson and Life on the Feather River Route: A Railroader’s Scrapbook Pictorial of Memories, which are the basis of this presentation.

Larson began his railroad career in the signal department of the Chicago & North Western. In 1956, he hired on with the Western Pacific and retired 30 years later (on the Western Pacific’s eastern Division in Nevada) with a perfect safety record.

Now retired and splitting his time between Las Vegas and northern California, Larson entertains rail enthusiasts at historical society meetings, conventions and small gatherings with his personal recollections and samplings of his photographic record. He is also a frequent contributor to the Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society’s publication The Headlight. 

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is 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 train station and red water tank at the entrance to the museum grounds are landmarks.  For more information, please call (775) 687-6953. Admission is $5 for adults, museum members and children under 18 are free.

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 Historic Preservation Office, Nevada State Library and Archives and the Nevada Arts Council.  For more information, please call Teresa Moiola at (775) 687-8323 or visit the department’s website at www.NevadaCulture.org.

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