Blood donors ride historic train for free |

Blood donors ride historic train for free

The trains will be rolling at the Nevada State Railroad Museum over the Thanksgiving weekend, with steam train rides featuring equipment from the historic Virginia and Truckee Railroad.

The museum will give free rides on Nov. 29 and 30 to anyone who donates blood to United Blood Services of Nevada or Carson City. To make an appointment and receive a free ticket for a Thanksgiving weekend train ride after making a donation, call (775) 324-6454 in Reno or (775) 887-9111 in Carson City.

Trains will run at 40-minute intervals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular fare is $2.50 for anyone over the age of 11, $1 for ages 6 to 11 and free for children under 6.

After riding the train visitors may wish to tour the museum buildings, where they may see magnificently restored locomotive and rolling stock, including V&T No. 22, the “Inyo,” operating steam locomotive in the United States. Admission to the museum is $2; children under 18 are admitted free. Weather permitting, museum volunteers will give free handcar rides. The museum will be closed Thanksgiving day.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the museum if also a drop-off point for the Marine Corps Reserve’s annual Toys for Tots campaign, which helps make the holidays a little more enjoyable for the less fortunate.

The Nevada State Museum operate steam-ups with historic Virginia & Truckee Railroad equipment on selected weekends throughout the year. The train is scheduled Dec. 7; the museum’s 1926 motorcar will operate from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at 30-minute interval with a fare of $1 for adults,, 50 cents for children 6 to 11 and free for children under 6; and the annual holiday Santa Train is scheduled Dec. 14 and 15 with free train rides and museum admission both days.

The museum, open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. is located on Route 395 at the south end of Carson City at the intersection of Fairview Avenue. Look for the yellow train station and red water tank at the entrance to the museum grounds. For more information contact John Frink at (775) 687-6953.

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