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McKeen Motor Car rides again after complete restoration

April 30, 2010

mckeen_motor_car_nsrm_10_15_2009_webThe Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City will celebrate the delivery of the historic McKeen Motor Car V&T No. 22 marking the completion of its decade-long restoration and the Hundredth year anniversary of its arrival in Carson City. After a public ceremony and inaugural trip, rides will be available to the public.

WHEN: Sunday, May 9, 2010
              Program begins at Noon
              McKeen Car Rides: 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30 and 4:00 pm
WHERE: Nevada State Railroad Museum, 2180 South Carson Street, Carson City

DETAILS: Tickets to the public go on sale at 10:00 am on May 9 and cost $10 for adults and 5 for kids.
 (Note to Media: Members of the media wishing to ride the McKeen Motor Car must make advanced arrangements by May 6 by contacting Teresa Moiola at 775-687-8323. Space is very limited.)

• Governor Jim Gibbons and the officials and donors who made the McKeen restoration possible are scheduled to be on hand to participate in the ceremony.

• Original riders of the McKeen Motor Car who remember riding during its years of service between 1910 and 1945 will be on hand for interviews.

• The Nevada State Railroad Museum and its Wabuska Depot will be dressed and decorated to resemble the 1910 era when the McKeen was first delivered, complete with antique cars and wagons, the Comstock Chorus, costumed re-enactors and more.

• When the McKeen runs again on May 9, 2010 it will be the first time the car has been in passenger service since it was decommissioned from the Virginia & Truckee Railway in 1945.

• The Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City has the only surviving, restored and operational McKeen Motor Car in the world.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum is one of seven managed by the State Division of Museums and History, an agency 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 Office of Historic Preservation, Nevada State Library and Archives, and Nevada Arts Council. For more information, visit the department’s website at

April 30, 2010
Contact: Frank Ackerman 775-687-6953 ext. 224
Teresa Moiola 775-687-8323