Nevada State Railroad Museum re-opens with free admission |

Nevada State Railroad Museum re-opens with free admission

Staff reports

The Nevada State Railroad Museum will re-open Saturday with free weekend admission.

“We are very excited for this weekend and to be open for visitors again and, as our gift for the support the community has shown, we welcome everyone at no cost,” said Museum Director Dan Thielen.

The museum was shut down Jan. 8 after floodwaters running down Voltaire Canyon and along Curry Street inundated the property. Tracks, fire roads and buildings all suffered damage, including several inches of water in the shops where museum experts restore historic locomotives and passenger cars.

The Jacobsen Interpretive Center will re-open at 9 a.m. Saturday. It will be open again Sunday form 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center contains the museum’s best known rolling stock, including the 1875 locomotives “The Glenbrook” and “The Inyo,” as well as educational displays and the museum store.

Clean-up work continues on the tracks and yard, and Thielen said it will take quite awhile longer to get the tracks in working order. The goal is to have the tracks and trains operating by May.

During January’s storms city crews diverted floodwaters coming down Voltaire Canyon along Rhodes Drive onto Curry Street to try to prevent flooding that could close Carson Street. But that diverted the water right onto the museum’s property, seriously damaging tracks and other buildings. It dug a channel more than two feet deep across the entrance to the storage yard and four feet deep along one section of track, completely undermining them. Three weeks after the Jan. 9 flooding there was still standing water in the shop and storage buildings.

“There was nothing on our property that could hold this back,” Thielen said after the flood waters receded.

Before the state’s flood insurance kicks in, Museums Director Peter Barton said they have to record $500,000 in damages to meet the deductible. He said that wouldn’t be much of a problem since the total to not only fix the flood damage but make improvements to ensure it never happens again are estimated at about $1.6 million.

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