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McKeen motor car to ride the rails for National Train Day

Event Date: 
May 12, 2012 - 10:00am

Celebrating National Train Day, the Nevada State Railroad Museum’s historic 1910 McKeen motor car will ride the rails from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12 in Carson City.

Now a stellar attraction for rail enthusiasts and family fun, the McKeen Motor car operated from 1910 to 1945 racking up more than a half-million miles between Reno and Minden. The prestigious car became a diner and an office but was rescued by the museum when it was donated by the Bernhard family of Carson City in 1995.

“After remarkable restoration, the car went back into service and carried passengers under its own power in 2010 to mark its centennial. It has been nominated as a National Historic Landmark,” said Peter Barton, administrator of the Nevada Division of Museums and History. It was previously recognized in the National Register of Historic Places.

The McKeen motor car is significant as a rare example of internal combustion engines for rail travel, which previously relied primarily on steam propulsion. McKeen experimented with streamlining and lightweight metals to lower costs. The savings helped preserve passenger and express service on lightly-populated railroads across the United States, Barton said.

The Nevada State Railroad Museum on U.S. 395 is at 2180 S. Carson Street. The museum also operates steam-ups with historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad equipment and outdoor exhibits on selected weekends throughout the year. Special events are set for Memorial Day and July 4. Inside, the facility offers the recently renovated Jacobsen Interpretive Center and a glimpse at how Nevada’s railroads contributed to the state’s history and Western development.

McKeen motor car rides for National Train Day are from 10 to 4 p.m. Ride tickets are $10 for those 12 and up, $5 for those 4-11. Children 3 and under are free. Museum admission is $6 for ages 18 and up, and free for those 17 and under. The museum is open from 8:30 to 4:30 to allow passengers to spend time at the exhibits before or after their trips and to visit the gift shop. For more information contact Lara Mather at 687-6953 x224 or visit nevadaculture.org .


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On your “Must Not Miss” list, is the popular Downtown Wine Walk – held the First Saturday of every month from 1- 5pm. For just $10 (which supports the Downtown Business Association) you’ll receive a commemorative wine glass and endless reasons to sip, stroll, and shop, the afternoon away, through Historic Downtown Carson City. Bring your wine walk glass with the Carson City Logo on it and pay only $8. Don't forget the after Wine Walk raffle prize party, 5:00pm, at the Cabaret Lounge, Carson Nugget Casino!

Tickets can be purchased at Bella Fiora Wines, Cactus Jack’s, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Carson Nugget, and Horseshoe Club, where you will receive hand stamps, glasses, and maps.

Sponsored by the Carson City Downtown Business Association, our goal is to carry on a local tradition, hosting an event which showcases a monthly Downtown celebration. It’s a Saturday stroll with a glass of wine through historic downtown Carson City where boutiques, local shops, galleries, restaurants and casinos, pull out all the stops to awaken your taste buds and tantalize your senses... experience a Downtown taste sensation!.

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