The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will showcase several of its trains during the July 4 weekend. Steam locomotives V&T No. 25 and the famous Inyo will operate along with the historic, self-propelled McKeen motor car July 4, 5 and 6. Rides will be available behind No. 25 and on the McKeen every 45 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Inyo will be under steam on the tracks from 9 to 10 a.m. and on display throughout the day. New for 2014, the Glenbrook steam locomotive, currently in a restoration process sponsored by the Wiegand Foundation, will be outside for photo opportunities.
Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum have arranged for special antique cars and other attractions to be part of the holiday observance. Special merchandise honoring Nevada’s 105th birthday will be on sale. Members of the Warren Engine Company of Carson City will sell barbecue and refreshments to raise funds for their organization.
Tickets for the day cost $15, $5 children ages 3-17 and free for those ages 2 and younger. Admission includes unlimited train rides and entrance to the museum’s Jacobsen Interpretive Center, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the event. The museum is at 2180 S. Carson St. Details: 775-687-6953 or visit museums.nevadaculture.org.
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.