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Date: 06/05/19 20:40
Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: F40PHR231

Nevada legislature voted this week on a number of projects, including $20M toward expanding the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City, just outside of Las Vegas. The expansion will include a new visitors center, display exhibits, and new tracks with platform closer to the city's downtown core rather than 3/4-mile away from it. This is the museum that has regular weekend excursion trains to Railroad Pass (which is where the line was reconnected to the general system with the construction of I-11 and a new railroad bridge) using UP GP30 #844; this is also where the wood-burning Eureka steam locomotive has operated during the month of December.

https://bouldercityreview.com/news/all-aboard-state-legislators-pass-bill-to-expand-train-museum-52813/

First two attachments are preliminary renderings, subject to further revisions. Last attachment is a pic of where the current boarding area is, approx. a half mile west of where the new station will be built. Exciting times ahead!








Date: 06/05/19 20:44
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: callum_out

Good to see the legislature recognize the very obvious potential of Boulder City. Once they get back into
Henderson with the longer ride things should improve even more.

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Date: 06/05/19 22:15
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: wjpyper

What about the one in Carson City?
 



Date: 06/06/19 07:22
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: BAB

Do hope that they put some funds in Carson City too doubt if they could do much with putting in more track there due to businesses around it. Visited two years ago there and is well worth going back for another visit.



Date: 06/06/19 08:21
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: Copy19

I used to ride my bicycle across that wye and watch the crew turn their locomotive for the return to Las Vegas.  If they didn’t have an empty to take back sometimes they  would wye the unit with their caboose.  It was all open desert with no buildings (and no trees).

John Bromley - BCHS class of 60



Date: 06/06/19 08:46
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: callum_out

John will back me up on this, it's too bad the track isn't in place all the way to the dam. It would have made
a tourist railroad like you wouldn't believe!

Out



Date: 06/06/19 11:45
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: Copy19

The Six Companies track from Boulder City to the dam was beyond spectacular, it was unbelievable.  When I was reading the OPs post I had the same thought about what a tourist train ride that could have been.

When I was a kid there used to be a free movie at the Visitor’s Bureau on Arizona Street about the building of the dam that was full of railroad action on that line with lots of shots of ex LA&SL and I think, OSL consolidations.  

I was lucky to see one of the last “trains” on what became the federal government line after construction of the dam was finished with a center cab Whitcomb 80 tonner creep down the hill with a single car.

I even recall seeing steam in Boulder City, one up near our house on the water treatment spur (I couldn’t tell what was except it had one of those fat UP stacks and leaked lots of steam) and an 800 on a Shriner’s special in the yard.  I have seen a published photo of two 3800 class Challengers also on Shriner’s specials in the yard.

JB - Omaha

callum_out Wrote:
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> John will back me up on this, it's too bad the
> track isn't in place all the way to the dam. It
> would have made
> a tourist railroad like you wouldn't believe!
>
> Out



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Date: 06/06/19 14:26
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: 6088

Wow, congratulations, my wife and I rode that a few years ago, and certainly plan to go back.  The people there were top notch and very friendly!



Date: 06/06/19 17:51
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: davew833

I can envision the rest of Utah's state railroad museum rolling stock artifacts ending up here after the city of Ogden finally evicts them. NSRM already has much of what was at Heber, UT for years-- and more power to them for making good use of it!



Date: 06/06/19 18:01
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: callum_out

Any museum that can save the entire motive power of the Jackass and Western is doing something right.

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Date: 06/06/19 18:19
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: mococomike

With the new freeway bypass of I-11 around Boulder auto traffic near the museum has dwindled.



Date: 06/06/19 18:37
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: callum_out

It's about half or a bit less, there's quite a few BC residents these days, kinda feel sorry for all the
service businesses though, the drive through business done drove through.

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Date: 06/06/19 19:11
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: F40PHR231

The thru traffic was choking the city. Last summer, before I-11 opened, one could barely turn left out of a side street while thru traffic was bent on getting through town as quickly as possible. Now that there's room to breathe, people are able to visit more businesses instead of being driven out by frustration, and some at the museum have remarked that there's been an uptick in ridership as well.



Date: 06/06/19 19:47
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: callum_out

Most likely true, I think people avoided BC on weekends just because of the traffic. The drop down the
other side was ridiculous, posted for 45, half the traffic doing 70.

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Date: 06/07/19 14:30
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: BobP

Nice catch.




Date: 06/07/19 19:29
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: atsf121

Exciting news, we didn’t have time to ride when we visited the dam but did drive through the parking lot and they have a nice collection. Hope to get back for a ride.

Nathan

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Date: 06/12/19 15:53
Re: Nevada legislature funds museum expansion
Author: Trainman41

Too bad the Virginia & Truckee tracks can't reach the Nevada museum. I understand the last construction of the V & T stopped several miles from the museum in Carson City.
I guess they waited too long to put a line to the museum , and the "developers" bought all the land up.



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