Hands-on Event Offers Opportunity To Operate Historic Trains PDF Print

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Trains with a glorious and romantic past offer a rare chance for volunteers to be the engineer April 20 through 22 at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City. The 9th Annual Motorman Training Class is offered to benefit The Friends of the Nevada State Museum and allows students to become a part of an active historic railroad operation in full scale.

The three-day event begins with a museum tour, safety and rule reviews, handcar training and orientation on Friday.  The museum’s motorcar will be the classroom for events Saturday and a western barbeque rounds out the evening.  By Sunday, students will join in the operation of the 1926 Tucson, Cornelia and Gila Bend Motorcar #401


In addition to the hands-on train experience and the barbeque, participants receive a year’s membership in the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, a railroader’s hat, handbook, rule book and a certificate of attendance for 24 volunteer hours.  The class is a great gift at $130 dollars and proceeds go to the work of the Friends, who help the state keep the trains running. Space is available but limited and registration is due by Friday, April 5. For more information contact Russ Tanner at 884-3207.