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Truckee Railroad Museum


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.

Take a 3D tour of the museum hosted by Blue Dragon Marketing:

Hours of Operation...

Are dependent upon availability of docents

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 10am to 4pm
  • Holidays 10am to 4pm


Next to the train depot in Downtown Truckee.
10075 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Caboose museum


Inside the museum, Truckee Railroad Museum begins to tell the story of railroads in and around TrucVolunteer showing logging & transcontinental exhibitskee 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.
The museum uses railroad artifacts, dioramas, pictures and text displays to convey the impact of various types of railroads on Truckee. It also provides a glimpse of what will come with the permanent museum home.

Below is the layout and exhibits.

Museum Inside


The new Truckee History-Railroad Museum Vision

Bringing Truckee Railroad History to Life!

    Roundhouse MuseumRailroads of the Truckee area played a significant role in founding and developing the town of Truckee. From the blasting of black powder in the granite over Donner Lake, to the hissing of the first steam coming in to town, to whistles of lumberjacks in the mountains, to the crack of ice being loaded in the reefers, and tourists flocking to share the beauty of the area, the Truckee Railroad Museum tells the story Follow the progress of the new Truckee History-Railroad Museum on .Facebook


See a video of the HO Scale logging diorama


Truckee Railroad Museum rolling stock:

Below: Rolling stock at their home in Truckee.

Rolling Stock


Brownhoist Crane


Rotary snow plow

sleeper car

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
May 8, 2010 - Truckee Railroad Museum opened.

Diesel #1605
On December 5, 2007 the 80 ton GE center cab switcher arrived in Truckee. See the action.

Brown Hoisting Machinery Company Crane
On May 2nd, 2008, the Brown Hoisting No. 3038 crane was delivered. It was built circa 1905 as a 10-ton crane on a four-wheel rigid truck.  Initially steam-powered, the crane has since been converted to a Hercules Power gas engine.

SP Caboose
TDRS has a new headquarters and gift shop structure. A former Southern Pacific caboose is located with other museum equipment.

Rotary Snow Plow
The rotary snow plow is probably one of the most exciting pieces of equipment to watch. See some in action.

Passenger Car
This is the 10-6 City of San Francisco blunt-end sleeping car. Designated Southern Pacific 9053, it is painted in the COSF scheme for interchange service. It was built by Pullman-Standard in 1950.



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