FRIENDS OF THE NEVADA SOUTHERN RAILWAY, INC. MISSION STATEMENT
“We support the Nevada State Railroad Museum at Boulder City, Nevada, and its programs for the education and benefit of the public and Museum visitors through donations, staffing, maintenance, operation, construction and restoration of historic railroad equipment and models.”
We are a Nevada charitable corporation and have a IRS 501c(3) tax exemption. Donations may be tax deductible. Check with your tax advisor.
In addition, we offer annual memberships which entitle you and your family to ride the train as often as you wish! The free rides apply to our regularly scheduled weekend runs. Special events that run on different schedules are excluded. Membership also includes a 15% discount in the Gift Shop and free entry into the other six Nevada State museums located throughout the State.
Click here to print a FNSR Membership Application.
History of the Nevada State Railroad Museum at Boulder City
Union Pacific donated part of the historic Boulder Branch to the Nevada Department of Museums and History. The Nevada Department of Museums recognized its historical significance and wanted the site preserved. Additionally, Henderson and Boulder City viewed the line as an important part of their future transportation system and economic growth.
The State conveys a portion of the railroad west of Hwy 95 to the City of Henderson to allow it to be used as an economic development tool.
The maintenance facility and offices were completed at 600 Yucca Street.
Track rehabilitation work was completed in preperation for the planned excursion train operation. Advanced planning began on the design of station and platform.
A station platform and associated buildings were constructed at 601 Yucca Street. Work continued on rehabilitation of rolling stock and locomotives.
First public runs began with Santa Train at Christmas time.
Train operations begin in September, three days per week.
Train operations resume in April each weekend and continue each year, except January. Ridership and Museum visits continue to grow each year to date.
The charitable, volunteer support group, Friends of the Nevada Southern Railway (FNSR), receives its State charter. The Volunteers’ provide the crews that staff and operate the train, do maintenance and restoration work and fund raise for future projects and expansion. This continues to the current day.
MUSEUM AND EQUIPMENT
The Nevada State Railroad Museum at Boulder City is a part of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. There are currently no indoor interpretive, exhibit or display facilities at this location.
Here at the Museum, the maintenance facility was built in 1996 and the passenger platform was built in 2000. Equipment has been acquired by the State both through purchase and donation. The refurbishment of the locomotives and cars has been funded primarily by the State, with some private donations, and lots of volunteer labor.
There are four operational diesel locomotives at the Nevada Southern Railway.
Display Only Locomotives:
There are three locomotives in the Museum collection that will be used for display only. The steam locomotives were not operational when acquired. Due to the great expense of restoring and certifying them, the plan is to cosmetically refurbish the steam locomotives and have them on static display.
The remainder of the equipment at the Museum is non-operational. Some of it may be cosmetically refurbished for static display, but will not become part of the excursion consist.
For information on the “Live Steamers” & “Model Railroaders”