The McKeen Motor Car

Saturday, May 10, 2014, was National Train Day.    The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City celebrated this occasion by honoring a very special train (and guests) with some runs on their short track.   The museum offered tours and rides on the Virginia & Truckee Railway’s McKeen Motor Car No. 22.

engineer on the line

The McKeen Motor Car originally entered service on May 9, 1910, and was retired in 1945.   This special beauty is now 104 years old.  And, it is the only restored and fully operable McKeen Motor Car in the world.   No. 22 was granted National Historic Landmark status by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012.

The train car has a gas powered engine and was used for mostly passenger traffic between Reno and Minden, Nevada.  It was sold by the railway in 1946, spent a short time as a diner and then a plumbing supply office until 1996 when it was donated to the Nevada State Railroad Museum.   It has taken over $1 million dollars and countless man hours of work to restore the motor car.   But, ooooh, it was so worth it.   This is a spectacular train.

coming into the station

Inside the engine room at the front of the train
Inside the engine room at the front of the train
sleek "wind splitter" lines
sleek “wind splitter” lines
looking out the back windows
looking out the back windows
from the back of the motor through to the engine room
from the back of the motor through to the engine room
a conductor enjoys the ride
a conductor enjoys the ride
all aboard!
all aboard!

front light 22passengers tree viewwabuskaold windmillfront at the platformwindow details

and, a selfie ... from inside the motor car
and, a selfie … from inside the motor car

 

 

9 thoughts on “The McKeen Motor Car

  1. I love this post Ginger and as usual, the images are great. What was that about turning retired railway cars into diners? I bet that was Yankee ingenuity. I doubt one will be able to get scrambled eggs on any of the old Orient Express cars off to the side of a parking lot in Paris.

    • I love train car diners. But, I think this one is much better as a train, for real.

      Suddenly, I now want my own train car diner for croissants or crepes. Or, maybe, I’m just hungry.

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