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Ride the historical McKeen motor car May 10-11 in Carson City

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Ride the McKeen Motor Car May 10-11 in Carson City; the historical railroad car will operated only four days in 2014.

Ride the McKeen Motor Car May 10-11 in Carson City; the historical railroad car will operate on only four days in 2014.

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada State Railroad Museum’s  historical 1910 McKeen motor car, a National Historic Landmark, will carry passengers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and 11 at the museum, 2180 S. Carson St. in Carson City. The McKeen motor car will operate for only four days in 2014; two of those days are this weekend. The event celebrates National Train Day, which is May 10.

This weekend, the McKeen will run every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Rides cost $8, $4 kids ages 4-11; free for children younger than 4.

The McKeen motor car operated from 1910 to 1945, racking up more than a half-million miles between Reno and Minden. The car became a diner and an office, then was donated to the museum and historically restored.

It is part of a larger collection of railroad equipment and exhibits at the museum, which includes the recently renovated Jacobsen Interpretive Center, explaining how Nevada’s railroads contributed to the state’s history and economy as well as Western development. The Museum Annex offers visitors a look at restored locomotives and railroad cars. The museum also operates steam-ups with historic V&T Railroad equipment and outdoor exhibits on selected weekends throughout the year.

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Admission is $6, free for those ages 17 and younger.

Details: 775-687-6953 or museums.nevadaculture.org.

 

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