CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Santa Train will run Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 14 and 15 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The historical V&T Railway steam locomotive No. 25 pulls the Santa Train — with Santa on board — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $3, free for children ages 3 and younger. Tickets are available at the museum’s Wabuska Depot on the days the train operates.
Each Santa Train trip departs as soon as Santa and the passengers have boarded. The trains are first-come, first-serve. Visitors also may want to visit the museum exhibits, which include restored locomotives and rolling stock. A new display includes historic model trains depicting a century of railroad evolution. Museum admission is $6, free for those ages 17 and younger.
Holiday shoppers may want to visit the museum store, stocked with railroad books, toys, clothing and Nevada items. Special this year is merchandise commemorating the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission into the Union. The store also has “Waiting for the Cars,” a book of 3-D images documenting railroads, life and places in 1860s Nevada and California Gold Country, when railroads were changing the face of the West and the heart of the nation. Original stereoscope cards and new 3-D versions are shown side-by-side; special 3-D glasses are included.
Chris Moran has lived in Reno since 1996, and currently works at the Nevada Division of Tourism as a public relations specialist. She is a former editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal, and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Her hobbies include skiing, hiking, reading, photography, coffee and coffeehouses, and exploring Nevada. Check out her blog at www.ChrisinNevada.wordpress.com.