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Truckee Railroad Museum
We are beginning our fourth year of operating the caboose as a museum. In our first three years we have hosted over 15,600 visitors and received over $8500 in donations. We've managed to achieve this with a small core of active docents, several of whom work several shifts per month.
Truckee Railroad Museum is located next to the historic railroad station in downtown Truckee. This adds historical significance to the area, as the caboose is from the Southern Pacific Railroad and was used in the area. Paint for the caboose matches the original SP paint scheme. Inside the museum are stories, pictures, recreations, and railroad artifacts depicting the impact of railroads in the formation and development of Truckee. The First Transcontinental Railroad, Logging Railroads, and Tourism by Rail all played an important part in Truckee’s history.
We've begun a major upgrade of the Logging Railroad display, making it interactive. When completed, at the press of a button, the visitor can initiate a recorded interpretation of the display with lighting directing his attention to individual features as they are discussed. The sequence begins with a map showing the many logging railroads that were in the Truckee area, while the narration introduces the visitor to the topic. Then, spotlights from overhead illuminate the various individual features (camps, hand laborers, steam donkeys, etc.) while their roll is described by the narration. As a grand finale, the lights in the lower tier of the display will come on directing the visitor's attention to a G scale Shay that will roar to life and demonstrate the unique features that made it a logging railroad favorite. Then, by pressing one of several other buttons, the visitor will be able to select individual subtopics for an expanded, more detailed, discussion.
Hours of Operation
10075 Donner Pass Road
Next to the historic train depot in Downtown Truckee.
Inside the museum, Truckee Railroad Museum begins to tell the story of railroads in and around Truckee and their impact on the Town. From the initial survey parties for the First Transcontinental Railroad, through the variety of logging railroads, and on to the tourist, commuter, and freight railroading of today, railroads have been an integral part of Truckee.
Below is the layout and exhibits.
Truckee Railroad Museum Vision
Keeping Truckee Railroads Alive!
Railroads of the Truckee area played a significant role in founding and developing the town of Truckee.
Truckee Railroad Museum rolling stock:
Below: Rolling stock at their new home in Truckee.
Truckee Donner RR Society received a donation from Dobbas of the 160 ton steam-powered Bucyrus Erie crane which has been sitting in the Truckee yard for 15-20 years. It has a long history handling railroad wrecks in the Truckee area. It will be the largest anchor in our growing cast of static displays, outweighing considerably the Rotary snowplow. The donation was the result of efforts by Jim Hood, Don Davis, Bob Bell and Nelson Van Gundy.
Map to the Museum
Original proposal to the Town Council!
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The 1605 has arrived!
Brown Hoisting Machinery Company Crane has arrived!
Caboose has arrived!
Rotary Snow Plow
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