When are you guys running?
The Nevada Southern Railway (the Big Train) runs Saturdays and Sundays except January.
The Live Steamers of the FNSR typically run the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, starting at 10 AM. The Live Steamers do not run during the months of January, because of maintenance, and July & August, due to excessive heat. Heat may result in shutting down early in the day or cancelled completely during the early summer and fall months.
The Model Railroaders of the FNSR typically are open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, February through December. We may be open on extra Saturdays or closed on certain Saturdays, depending on staffing.
How does one get to the passenger platform?
The Passenger platform is just across the railroad tracks from the parking lot. There is a marked pedestrian crossing near Yucca Street.
When are you guys open?
The Display Pavilion is open daily 9:00 to 3:30 Closed State Holidays, subject to staff availability. Trains only run on weekends.
Can we bring beverages and food onto the train?
The only drink on regularly scheduled train runs allowed is water. You may bring other drinks onto the train if and only if they are secured in a screwed top lid container. No food is allowed onto regularly scheduled train runs.
Are we allowed to bring pets onto the train?
Pets are not allowed to be on the train, except for service animals. Please note, if you are travelling with your pet and you stop by the museum, we advise not leaving the animal in the car, and we will make accommodations while you are on the ride.
How long is the train run?
The round-trip excursion lasts for approximately 40 minutes.
Where does the train go?
The train goes on a round-trip excursion through the Eldorado Valley, beginning westward from Boulder City Depot and ending just past the Railroad Pass Casino at the intersection of US-95/US-93. The total distance is approximately 7 miles.
Is there a museum exhibit building?
At this time the only exhibit space we have is under the Display Pavilion on the east side of Yucca Street. The building across the street on the west side is our maintenance facility, and is generally not opened to the public.
Where do I park for the museum? (RV’s?)
Parking is available in front of display pavilion on the east side of Yucca Street. The west side of Yucca Street is reserved for museum staff, volunteers on the weekends. RV’s can find additional parking just south of the main parking lot with larger accommodations.
Is there an admission fee to the museum?
No! The only mandatory payment is for the excursion train run. Exhibits and other attractions are provided for free (though donations are appreciated!).
Your hours say you’re open. Why are you closed right now?
It depends on a variety of factors. It could be a state holiday, or it could be a state furlough day, or we might be short staffed and unable to open or keep the museum open for the day.
Are there other opportunities other than through Train Crew, Live Steamers, etc.?
Absolutely! The Train Crew, Steamers, etc. are our most popular activities for volunteers. However we love having people available for story time, actors, help in the office, and a host of other activities!
What is the minimum age to volunteer?
Currently to be a FNSR member, you need to be at least 16 years of age or older to volunteer. Special consideration will be given in the cases of special event help, eagle scout projects, and other cases.