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Museum offers chance to operate trains
by Tribune Staff
Apr 05, 2012 | 620 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
April 20 through 22, volunteers will have the opportunity to engineer trains like the one pictured above at the Nevada Stat Railroad Museum in Carson City.
April 20 through 22, volunteers will have the opportunity to engineer trains like the one pictured above at the Nevada Stat Railroad Museum in Carson City.
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CARSON CITY — 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 ninth 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 April 20. The museum’s motorcar will be the classroom for events Saturday and a Western barbecue 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 barbecue, 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 costs $130 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. For more information, call Russ Tanner at 884-3207.
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